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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (United States)

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States take home approximately $18.85 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $14.63 per hour and $24.92. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$28,047 - $55,989
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,947
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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$14.63 - $24.92
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,047 - $55,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
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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$30,645 - $53,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $24.92  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $36.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
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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$30,645 - $53,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,021
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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. Given that the typical pay is $37K, it may be surprising to find that a Licensed Practical Nurse is the most common role for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Registered Nurse role — which pays $55K — is also typical for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Gynecology, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice and Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $44K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Honolulu
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Seattle
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Phoenix
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Atlanta
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Las Vegas
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Fort Worth
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San Diego
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Austin
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$40,000
Tulsa
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Oklahoma City
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For those looking to make money, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Honolulu (+16 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City.

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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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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%
Gynecology
up arrow 4%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%
Telemetry
up arrow 3%
Geriatrics
up arrow 1%
Acute Care
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
0%
Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$40,000
Home Health/Home Care
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Pediatrics
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Psychiatric
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 33%