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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Median pay for Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States is around $19.51 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.11 per hour to $25.23. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by half. The majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$27,443 - $55,477
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,679
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$15.11 - $25.23
(Median)
$15
$20
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,443 - $55,477  
   
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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$31,311 - $54,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.11 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$16.21 - $37.05  
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 - $1,014  
   
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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$31,311 - $54,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,564

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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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There are some Licensed Vocational Nurses — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Nursing, where earnings are an average $80K annually. As Licensed Vocational Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $55K per year. Another common career choice for Licensed Vocational Nurses is to move into a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role. Typically, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses get paid $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and Kaiser Permanente, where Licensed Vocational Nurses typically earn around $50K, $49K, or $48K, respectively.

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. Employees at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and Maxim can also expect below-average earnings of $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey takers working as Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice and Pediatrics. Most people familiar with 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Vocational Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Licensed Vocational Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Licensed Vocational Nurses in the rest of the country, Licensed Vocational Nurses in San Jose, Sacramento, and Long Beach see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Victoria ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in El Paso and Riverside also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Nutrition
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Medicine / Surgery
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Home Health/Home Care
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Telemetry
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$41,000

Gynecology
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Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 691 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%
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