Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary
|Salary||$30,364 - $58,612|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $7,891|
|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).)
|$32,292 - $54,437|
|Hourly Rate||$15.51 - $25.37|
|Overtime||$19.08 - $37.65|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $7,891|
|Total Pay (||$32,292 - $54,437|
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.Read More...
Licensed practical nurses may work in hospitals or long-term nursing care. There are also licensed practical nurses who work part time in a client’s household; these nurses travel daily and may have more than one client. Many shifts involve overnight or weekend hours, since many patients may need 24-hour care.
Licensed practical or vocational nurses are responsible for many different tasks depending on the location in which they work. They may measure a patient’s vital signs and document any abnormal results. They often collect fluid samples and test them if necessary. They may administer medications through an IV or in pill form. If a patient has a wound, licensed practical nurses clean and dress the wound. They also assist patients with their personal hygiene, either helping them into a bath or shower or providing scrub baths to immobile patients.
In every setting, licensed practical nurses maintain records for patients, charting everything they’ve done for a patient during any particular shift. They may observe and note any adverse reactions to medication. They may also be advised to answer questions for families and advise them on how they may take care of their loved ones.
Licensed practical and vocational nurses must be licensed. The training programs for this position typically are one year long and available at community and vocational colleges. Potential LPNs must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse. Once completed, they will be licensed as an LPN/LVN.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Tasks
- 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.
- Clean rooms, change linens, and sterilize equipment.
- Review physician orders, lab results and care instructions with patients, answering questions and administering treatment.
Common Career Paths for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
Though it's uncommon, some Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses move into roles as MDS Coordinators, where pay is an average $57K per year. More commonly, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.
Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Hospital, Maxim, and Kaiser Permanente are top-notch employers for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in this area. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the average salary comes to $51K. Kindred Hospital, PSA healthcare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses earning around $51K, $48K, or $39K at each firm, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Maxim at $37K, DaVita Inc. at $39K, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where $39K is the norm.
Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Hospice, Telemetry, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Most people who know 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.
Pay Difference by Location
Las Vegas is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 16 percent higher than the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Fort Worth (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Boise is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.
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