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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (United States)

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States typically take home $18.79 per hour. Compensation ranges from $14.54 per hour on the lower end to $24.93 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Some workers in this field — approximately one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (84 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$26,963 - $57,177
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MEDIAN: $41,128
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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (?
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$14.54 - $24.93
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,963 - $57,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
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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$30,436 - $53,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $24.93  
   
Overtime
$16.44 - $35.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
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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$30,436 - $53,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 876
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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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At the upper end, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who move into a MDS Coordinator role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for MDS Coordinators is $55K per year. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse is often the next step for a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Hospital offers the most; Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses earn $51K on average there. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is Kindred Hospital.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Survey takers working as Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Wound Care, Telemetry, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 11 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice and Home Health/Home Care. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed 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.
For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses make a median salary of $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $45K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, slightly more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining just under a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

Sacramento
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Honolulu
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Atlanta
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Seattle
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Philadelphia
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Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
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Austin
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National Average
$40,000
Tulsa
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Corpus Christi
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Virginia Beach
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For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include Honolulu, Atlanta, Dallas, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses see paychecks higher than average (+16 percent, +13 percent, +12 percent, and +11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Virginia Beach, 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Corpus Christi and Tulsa (4 percent lower and 1 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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Wound Care
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Gynecology
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Acute Care
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Hospice
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$40,000
Psychiatric
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Pediatrics
up arrow 3%
Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 33%