Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.03 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.05 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The vast majority (88 percent) of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who took the survey are female. While some workers in this profession — about one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance. Most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,441 - $54,995
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,537
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$14.91 - $25.05
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,441 - $54,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
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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$31,129 - $53,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $25.05  
   
Overtime
$18.67 - $37.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
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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$31,129 - $53,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,398
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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. However, it's more common for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses to move into roles as Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)s.

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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. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Kindred Hospital for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $51K lead the pack in compensation.

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, Long Term Care, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 27 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Killeen (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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

National Average
$40,000

Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 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
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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