Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

An average Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.60 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $15.21 per hour and $25.26. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. The vast majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Licensed Vocational Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — around one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,918 - $55,210
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,735
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$15.21 - $25.26
(Median)
$15
$20
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,918 - $55,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
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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$31,537 - $54,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 707
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$31,537 - $54,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,736
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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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Licensed Vocational Nurses do not often transition into Director of Nursing roles. The role averages $80K per year. A Registered Nurse role is the most common promotion for Licensed Vocational Nurses moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $55K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Licensed Vocational Nurses is a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse position, where earnings are usually $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Kaiser Permanente, Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Licensed Vocational Nurses. For Licensed Vocational Nurses, comfortable salaries can be found at Texas Childrens Pediatric Associates; in fact, average earnings are around $51K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($34K versus $82K) is great. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sharp Healthcare, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, where Licensed Vocational Nurses typically earn around $50K, $50K, or $49K, respectively.

Maxim Healthcare Services offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $38K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $34K to $56K. Also approaching the lower end are University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, each paying $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Licensed Vocational Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Psychiatric, Wound Care, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Most people who know Elder Care also know Acute Care and Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


Licensed Vocational Nurses in San Jose, Sacramento, and Long Beach — the highest-paid cities for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Victoria. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Riverside and San Antonio (5 percent lower).

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

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 693 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
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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