Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary (United States)

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.79 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.54 per hour to $24.93. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group—career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. While around one third report receiving no health benefits, 65 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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Salary
$26,963 - $57,177  
   
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$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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a MDS Coordinator, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $14,994 annually than those further down the career ladder. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse is a common transition from a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role.

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Kindred Hospital attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $51,097. DaVita Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $45,609.

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 (ICU) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 11 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice and Home Health/Home Care. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to 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.
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $38K starting out, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $42K after 10 to 20 years. As Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $45K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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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San Diego
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Austin
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National Average
$40,000
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Corpus Christi
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Virginia Beach
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For those looking to make money, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Honolulu, Atlanta, Dallas, and Seattle, where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses annually earn 16 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Virginia Beach ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Corpus Christi (-4 percent) and Tulsa (-1 percent).

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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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National Average
$40,000
Psychiatric
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Pediatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 131 votes.

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%
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