Well, not sure what state you speak of but in Missouri it really doesn't make a difference careerwise. If you start at a level 2 you might be able to promote up there or at a level 5. You will just have to relearn how the institution is run. For instance in Missouri level 2's have free reign of the yard. We call it open yard. Level 5's are in their cells fora longer period of time each day and have less privileges.