Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.48 per hour. Pay generally varies between $15.09 per hour and $25.17. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Licensed Vocational Nurses are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,178 - $55,561
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,626
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$15.09 - $25.17
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$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,178 - $55,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $3,041  
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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$31,247 - $54,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $25.17  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $36.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $3,041  
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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$31,247 - $54,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,518

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Job Description for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Nurses are an essential part of the medical practice, and without them, proper recovery and acclimation to medical environments can be difficult. The duty of a licensed vocational nurse is to help patients prepare for treatment and assist in their recovery. To do this, licensed vocational nurses will be required to talk to patients and doctors, review medical documentation, report and document any changes in a patient's medical conditions, and monitor a patient's health during his or her stay. To become licensed, a licensed vocational nurse must take a state exam in the state in which he or she practices. A licensed vocational nurse must also have graduated from an accredited vocational nursing program. This can be done at a vocational school or at a college. In addition to a formal education, licensed vocational nurses must be good at working with people and comfortable providing care when it is needed.

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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Tasks

  • Observe and chart patient condition.
  • Administer prescribed medications.
  • Prepare and maintain equipment and supplies.
  • Provide nursing care to patients under the supervision of RNs or other medical professionals.
  • Prepare patients for exams or procedures.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


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While not commonly seen, Licensed Vocational Nurses who transition into a Director of Nursing position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Nursing is $80K per year. More often than not, a Registered Nurse role is the next step for Licensed Vocational Nurses moving up in the field. Registered Nurses usually make $55K per year. Many other Licensed Vocational Nurses choose to take on a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role, where salaries are typically $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Licensed Vocational Nurses include Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim. For Licensed Vocational Nurses, comfortable salaries can be found at Eskaton; in fact, median earnings sit around $59K, the highest in the area. Licensed Vocational Nurses will also find cushy salaries at Epic (+$51K), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (+$50K), and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care (+$49K).

Maxim Healthcare Services doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $37K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $59K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and Maxim also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey results imply that Licensed Vocational Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Wound Care, Psychiatric, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice and Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Licensed Vocational Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Licensed Vocational Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Vocational Nurses, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego are known as the cities with the best salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurses. El Paso is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Riverside earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Home Health/Home Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$41,000

Telemetry
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Gynecology
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 689 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 34%