Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Median pay for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $19.36 per hour. Compensation ranges from $15.08 per hour on the lower end to $25.12 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,757 - $56,351
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,635
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$15.08 - $25.12
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,757 - $56,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
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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$31,424 - $53,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $25.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$18.19 - $37.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
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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$31,424 - $53,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,727
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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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There are some Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses — though it's uncommon — that transition into MDS Coordinators, where earnings are an average $56K annually. Given that the median pay is $37K, it may be surprising to find that a Licensed Practical Nurse is the most common role for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Registered Nurse role — which pays $55K — is also typical for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, though less common by comparison.

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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, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, Kaiser Permanente, and Kindred Hospital are leading firms in the industry. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kindred Hospital, where the average salary comes to $51K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Hospice, Dialysis, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $44K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,929

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

Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 20 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Killeen.

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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries


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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Telemetry
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Dialysis
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Gynecology
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Elder Care
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National Average
$41,000

Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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