Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Average Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States make around $19.03 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $14.95 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $25.06. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. There are far more female Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Although nearly one-third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,382 - $55,119
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,733
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$14.95 - $25.06
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,382 - $55,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
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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$31,174 - $53,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $25.06  
   
Overtime
$18.45 - $37.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
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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$31,174 - $53,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,404
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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. It is more probable, however, that Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Maxim, Kaiser Permanente, and Kindred Hospital are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. 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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Long Term Care, and Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Most people who know Elder Care also 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. 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


Sacramento is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, 27 percent higher than the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Las Vegas (+13 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Tulsa and Killeen also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 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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Long Term Care
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Gynecology
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
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Telemetry
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Elder Care
0%

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 170 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

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: 66% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 32%
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