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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

The average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States earns approximately $18.94 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.77 per hour and $24.96. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. There are far more female Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,056 - $55,072
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,688
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$14.77 - $24.96
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,056 - $55,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
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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$30,844 - $53,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $24.96  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $36.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
   
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).
)
$30,844 - $53,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,221

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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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It's not very common for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses to move on to become MDS Coordinators. Average pay for a MDS Coordinator is $56K annually. A more common career path for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses is stepping into the role of Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Kindred Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $51K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Gynecology, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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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Hospice
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
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Gynecology
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Acute Care
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$40,000

Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 34%