Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (United States)

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States pull down an average of $18.79 per hour. Compensation starts at $14.54 per hour and can reach $24.93. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residency, followed by tenure and the particular employer. While around one third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$26,963 - $57,177
(Median)
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48K
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MEDIAN: $41,128
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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$14.54 - $24.93
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,963 - $57,177  
   
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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$30,436 - $53,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $24.93  
   
Overtime
$16.44 - $35.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$30,436 - $53,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 876
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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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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level MDS Coordinator position may earn an additional $14,994 per year. It is not unusual for a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Kindred Hospital for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $51,097 lead the pack in compensation. DaVita Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $45,609.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Wound Care, Telemetry, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 11 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice and Home Health/Home Care. Most people experienced in 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.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries start at $38K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $45K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Atlanta
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Seattle
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Philadelphia
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Austin
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National Average
$40,000
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Corpus Christi
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Virginia Beach
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Sacramento is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 27 percent higher than the national average. Honolulu, Atlanta, Dallas, and Seattle also offer top salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 16 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Virginia Beach, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Corpus Christi and Tulsa (-4 percent and -1 percent, 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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Wound Care
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Gynecology
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Acute Care
up arrow 3%
Hospice
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$40,000
Psychiatric
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Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 33%