LPN to RN Salary Comparison & Job Outlook

The job outlook for RNs is strong. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) number of jobs available will increase by over 438,000 from 2016-2026. This is an increase of 19% which is faster than average for all jobs. The need for high quality nurses will increase due to high number of baby boomers and will be compounded by the current nursing shortage and the possible future shortage of Masters prepared nurses. Median yearly pay for RNs is $65,470. RN salary varies and can range from $40,000 to over $100,000 depending on place of employment, education level, and prior experience. Read more about finding a job after RN graduation.

LPN to RN programs are popular choices because they build on knowledge already obtained as a LPN. In addition, LPN bridge programs build on the experience obtained by working as a LPN. There is no substitute for experience. Stepping up the nursing ladder one step at a time is a great way to collect experience. Most LPN to RN bridge programs offer credit for LPN education or working experience. This may simply be awarded or the program will allow LPNs to "test out" of certain classes. This means if test scores are high enough on a certain subject exam, credit is received without taking the class. This varies from one LPN to RN bridge program to the next. Be sure to research this and find out the educational requirements. These programs also usually accept transfer credits from other colleges if applicable.

LPN to RN Salary Comparison

StateLPN Annual SalaryRN Annual SalaryPercent Increase
Alabama35,57056,47058.8%
Alaska54,38085,74057.7%
Arizona50,76071,30040.5%
Arkansas36,04056,48056.7%
California51,70098,40090.3%
Colorado46,78069,60048.8%
Connecticut55,17076,37038.4%
Delaware47,70070,16047.1%
District of Columbia52,68080,04051.9%
Florida41,54062,72051.0%
Georgia38,01062,35064.0%
Hawaii46,52088,23089.7%
Idaho39,43060,32053.0%
Illinois44,87068,03051.6%
Indiana40,58058,90045.1%
Iowa38,75054,02039.4%
Kansas39,46056,80043.9%
Kentucky38,09057,98052.2%
Louisiana37,81060,23059.3%
Maine41,75063,32051.7%
Maryland50,44072,21043.2%
Massachusetts53,82085,77059.4%
Michigan44,31067,18051.6%
Minnesota42,00071,45070.1%
Mississippi36,40056,56055.4%
Missouri37,66058,04054.1%
Montana38,76061,81059.5%
Nebraska38,76057,55048.5%
Nevada52,76080,24052.1%
New Hampshire47,59065,79038.2%
New Jersey52,95078,33047.9%
New Mexico46,36065,79041.9%
New York45,66077,11068.9%
North Carolina41,73060,03043.9%
North Dakota39,79058,12046.1%
Ohio40,79062,49053.2%
Oklahoma38,32057,83050.9%
Oregon48,55082,94070.8%
Pennsylvania43,55066,57052.9%
Rhode Island52,11075,51044.9%
South Carolina39,07059,67052.7%
South Dakota35,21053,97053.3%
Tennessee36,42057,03056.6%
Texas44,88068,59052.8%
Utah43,08061,10041.8%
Vermont44,42064,32044.8%
Virginia40,50063,88057.7%
Washington49,22078,54059.6%
West Virginia35,02056,39061.0%
Wisconsin42,82065,59053.2%
Wyoming43,30060,79040.4%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data extracted on February 18, 2016