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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

The average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.97 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.80 per hour on the low end to $25.05 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. The vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. One-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,184 - $54,805
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,501
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$14.80 - $25.05
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$29,184 - $54,805  
   
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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$30,908 - $54,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $25.05  
   
Overtime
$18.62 - $37.29  
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).
)
$30,908 - $54,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,286

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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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Though some Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses move into positions like MDS Coordinator (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. However, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses typically graduate to Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Kindred Hospital offers the largest salaries in town — $51K on average.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Emergency Room, and Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. 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


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 Seattle (+15 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Boise and 3 percent less in Oklahoma City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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up arrow 5%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
up arrow 3%

Gynecology
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 2%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 2%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$40,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

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