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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States take home an average $19.54 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.13 per hour to $25.27. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field — about one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by half. Women account for the majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Most Licensed Vocational Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,496 - $55,547
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,690
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$15.13 - $25.27
(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
$27,496 - $55,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
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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$31,332 - $54,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $25.27  
   
Overtime
$16.21 - $37.15  
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 - $1,009  
   
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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$31,332 - $54,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,593

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Licensed Vocational Nurses sometimes become Directors of Nursing, where the average income is $80K per year. The most common career progression for Licensed Vocational Nurses leads to becoming a Registered Nurse, where average pay is $55K annually. However, many Licensed Vocational Nurses also opt to become Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Typically, a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse brings home $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. Licensed Vocational Nurses flock to Texas Childrens Pediatric Associates for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $51K lead the pack in compensation; however, Texas Childrens Pediatric Associates also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $34K at one end to $82K at the other end. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and Kaiser Permanente are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Vocational Nurses earning around $50K, $49K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

Licensed Vocational Nurses will find the worst pay at Maxim Healthcare Services, where the median salary crawls in at $37K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $59K, leaving little room for growth. University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Maxim are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For Licensed Vocational Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Vocational Nurses, California means bigger paychecks — those in San Jose, Sacramento, and Long Beach earn more than Licensed Vocational Nurses in the rest of the country. The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Victoria. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in El Paso and San Antonio (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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Elder Care
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Acute Care
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Nutrition
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Medicine / Surgery
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Home Health/Home Care
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Telemetry
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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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