Median pay for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States is around $19.78 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Some workers in this field — roughly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,362 - $57,810
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MEDIAN: $41,173
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$15.55 - $25.43
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,362 - $57,810  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $7,796  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$32,315 - $54,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $37.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $7,796  
   
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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$32,315 - $54,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132

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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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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses do not often transition into MDS Coordinator roles. The role averages $57K per year. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., PSA healthcare, Kindred Hospital, and Maxim are leading firms in the industry. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K. Also paying near the top of the field are Kindred Hospital at $51K, PSA healthcare at $46K, and DaVita Inc., where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses annually earn $41K.

Workers at Maxim, Maxim Healthcare Services, and DaVita Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $37K, $39K, and $41K respectively.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey results imply that Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Telemetry, Hospice, Emergency Room, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice. Most people familiar with 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.


For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,699

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

For those looking to make money, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+14 percent), Long Beach (+10 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+10 percent). Boise ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Killeen (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

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Wound Care
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Acute Care
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
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Dialysis
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Elder Care
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National Average
$42,000

Gynecology
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Home Health/Home Care
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Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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