Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States make around $19.94 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses are female. Approximately one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,350 - $60,347
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$42K
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MEDIAN: $42,166
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$15.70 - $25.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,350 - $60,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$32,655 - $55,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $25.48  
   
Overtime
$19.79 - $38.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$32,655 - $55,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 869

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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

  • 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


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While Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses do not often become MDS Coordinators, the job pays $57K per year on average. More often, however, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses go on to become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.

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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. Kaiser Permanente offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $51K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Kindred Hospital, PSA healthcare, and Maxim Healthcare Services, top-paying firms where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses rake in a $51K, $48K, or $39K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Maxim ($37K), DaVita Inc. ($39K), and Maxim Healthcare Services ($39K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey results imply that Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Telemetry, Hospice, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice and Pediatrics. Most people who know Elder Care also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 488 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 261 salaries. An experienced Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 246 salaries. A Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 165 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,135

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

Las Vegas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 21 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Fort Worth (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boise, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

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▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries


▲9%

▲6%

▲5%

▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

Long Term Care
▼0%

Gynecology
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National Average
$42,000

▼1%


▼1%

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 32%