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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Average Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States make around $19.45 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.99 per hour and $25.14. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Licensed Vocational Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Although the larger part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,934 - $54,866
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,934 - $54,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,064  
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$31,048 - $54,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 690
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $25.14  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $37.11  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,064  
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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$31,048 - $54,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,459
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Director of Nursing, where median pay is $79K annually. With an annual salary of $55K, Registered Nurse is the most common role for Licensed Vocational Nurses to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role — which usually pays $39K — is also typical for Licensed Vocational Nurses, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Licensed Vocational Nurses include Maxim Healthcare Services, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, and Kindred Healthcare. Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Eskaton, where the average salary comes to $59K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Heath Nursing Care Center, where earnings of $50K, $48K, or $47K are standard for Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $34K to just $58K — but Maxim Healthcare Services offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $37K. Workers at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Maxim, and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System 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)


Licensed Vocational Nurses seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Wound Care, Psychiatric, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice and Pediatrics. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Licensed Vocational Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. For Licensed Vocational Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Licensed Vocational Nurses who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Licensed Vocational Nurses earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in El Paso, 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are San Antonio and Tyler (6 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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Elder Care
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Psychiatric
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Nutrition
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National Average
$41,000

Telemetry
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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 643 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: 41% employee benefits None: 35%