Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Pay for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States sits in the ballpark of $20.24 per hour. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. There are far more female Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. One in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,152 - $61,811
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$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,463
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$15.93 - $25.57
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MEDIAN: $20.24
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$0$61K
Salary $30,152 - $61,811
Bonus $101.37 - $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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$33,178 - $56,314
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 88
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $15.93 - $25.57
Overtime $16.00 - $36.98
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $101.37 - $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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$33,178 - $56,314
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 593

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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 sometimes assume positions such as MDS Coordinators. That role pays $57K per year on average. A lot of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses advance their careers by becoming Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses. However, those positions offer $5K less and $2K less per year on average.

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Hospital, Maxim, and Kaiser Permanente, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $51K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Kindred Hospital at $51K, PSA healthcare at $48K, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses annually earn $39K.

Employees at Maxim, DaVita Inc., and Maxim Healthcare Services can also expect below-average earnings of $37K, $39K, and $39K.

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 Emergency Room, Telemetry, Hospice, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Dialysis. 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

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: $42,988

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

Home to some of the best pay for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, Las Vegas offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Fort Worth (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boise. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Oklahoma City (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse?

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse in Springfield:
"Nursing."
Pros: I am a caregiver, I have always taken care of people. I love to help people.
Cons: Disrespectful patients, the potential to be hurt.

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Key Stats for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
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

▲8%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$43,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries


▲7%

▲4%

▲3%

▲1%


National Average
$43,000

▼1%

▼1%

Long Term Care
▼2%

Gynecology
▼2%

▼3%


▼3%

▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 34%
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