Working for Federal or State?

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Hi guys! I need an opinion on which agency pays well or better. I’m an LVN and currently working for State of California for 8 years now. I got an offer to work at a Fedral System (Department of Veterans Affairs) in San Francisco. Is it worth it to leave State job I have for 8 years and accept an LVN Float position at the VA or keep my job for 8 years? Any response will be appreciated. Thank you ? 

Golden_RN, MSN

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Something to consider is that I *think* your years of service at the state don't transfer over to a federal job for pension purposes (check with HR or PERS to be sure).  Also, aren't the salary ranges public information?

Abbydg08

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It does NOT transfer from State service to Federal. State has CALPERS for retirement, whereas Federal uses FERS. I did accept the job at the VA and I will be starting in 3 weeks. I can't wait ?

Abbydg08

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Thank you! It was a hard decision for me, but I want a change. I think I will benefit and learn more working at the hospital than in Corrections.