Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Pay for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.74 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,364 - $58,612
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,181
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$15.51 - $25.37
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MEDIAN: $19.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,364 - $58,612  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,292 - $54,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $25.37  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $37.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,292 - $54,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 989

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Job Description for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical nurses work with doctors and other nurses to help with patient care. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may also be called licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These nurses may work in a variety of settings, and their duties may vary from state to state.

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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Tasks

  • Interview patients and monitor data like weight, blood pressure, and vital signs, documenting results on patient charts.
  • Answer patient calls and visits, and provide knowledge and guidance.
  • Clean rooms, change linens, and sterilize equipment.
  • Review physician orders, lab results and care instructions with patients, answering questions and administering treatment.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


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Though it's uncommon, some Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses move into roles as MDS Coordinators, where pay is an average $57K per year. More commonly, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Hospital, Maxim, and Kaiser Permanente are top-notch employers for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in this area. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the average salary comes to $51K. Kindred Hospital, PSA healthcare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses earning around $51K, $48K, or $39K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Maxim at $37K, DaVita Inc. at $39K, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where $39K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Hospice, Telemetry, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Most people who know Elder Care also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,615

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Las Vegas is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 16 percent higher than the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Fort Worth (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Boise is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

▲10%

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

▲6%


▲6%

▲5%

▲4%

▲2%


▲1%


Dialysis
▼0%

Gynecology
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National Average
$42,000

▼2%


▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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