Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

An average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.36 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $15.08 per hour and $25.12. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Although about one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,757 - $56,351
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,635
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$15.08 - $25.12
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$29,757 - $56,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
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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$31,424 - $53,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $25.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$18.19 - $37.22  
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 - $998  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
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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$31,424 - $53,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,727
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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. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is, more often than not, the most common role that Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Licensed Practical Nurse is $37K. Another frequent advance is for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses to assume a Registered Nurse role; in this role, workers often take home $55K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Many Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can be found at DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, Kaiser Permanente, and Kindred Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Hospital offers the most; Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses earn $51K on average there.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Hospice, Dialysis, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 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.


For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,929

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

For those looking to make money, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). In Killeen, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries


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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Telemetry
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Dialysis
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Gynecology
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Elder Care
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National Average
$41,000

Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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