Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.05 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.94 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.09 on the higher side. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Although a majority have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in three claim no health benefits at all. Female Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,781 - $55,035

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$14.94 - $25.09

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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,781 - $55,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
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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$31,189 - $53,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $25.09  
   
Overtime
$18.62 - $37.32  
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 - $997  
   
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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$31,189 - $53,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,432
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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

  • Clean rooms, change linens, and sterilize equipment.
  • Review physician orders, lab results and care instructions with patients, answering questions and administering treatment.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


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While not commonly seen, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who transition into a MDS Coordinator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for MDS Coordinators is $56K per year. A more common career path for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses is stepping into the role of Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Known for taking on a considerable number of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Maxim, Kaiser Permanente, and Kindred Hospital are leading firms in the industry. Kindred Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $51K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey takers working as Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Long Term Care, and Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Las Vegas (+13 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Killeen (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

Dialysis
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Long Term Care
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Gynecology
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Acute Care
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Telemetry
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Elder Care
0%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$40,000

Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 32%
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