Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Median pay for Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States is around $21.11 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Licensed Vocational Nurses vary widely between $35K and $59K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The vast majority (90 percent) of Licensed Vocational Nurses who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Vocational Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,120 - $60,891
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$44K
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MEDIAN: $43,819
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$16.68 - $26.87
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MEDIAN: $21.11
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$0$60K
Salary $30,120 - $60,891
Bonus $202.03 - $2,985
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $2,989
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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$34,615 - $58,727
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 651
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $16.68 - $26.87
Hourly Tips $2.40
Overtime $22.69 - $39.51
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $202.03 - $2,985
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $2,989
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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$34,615 - $58,727
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,318

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


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At the upper end, Licensed Vocational Nurses who move into a Director of Nursing role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Nursing is a much higher $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 $56K per year. Many other Licensed Vocational Nurses choose to take on a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role, where salaries are typically $40K.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Maxim Healthcare Services, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim are all popular places to work. Although Kaiser Permanente heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $58K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $36K to $73K. Sharp Healthcare, Encompass Home Health, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Vocational Nurses earning around $53K, $50K, or $50K 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 $51K, leaving little room for growth. Maxim, Epic, and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $38K, $41K, and $41K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Quality Improvement / QA, Hospice, Wound Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Gynecology. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 3,031 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 1,410 salaries. An experienced Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,217 salaries. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 684 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,855

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Licensed Vocational Nurses earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Licensed Vocational Nurses' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Licensed Vocational Nurses in Victoria bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Riverside and Tyler (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)?

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Riverside:
"Love being a nurse."
Pros: Helping patients, making a difference in patients lives.
Cons: Miles away from home, rotating schedule.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Riverside:
"Love being a nurse."
Pros: Helping patients, making a difference in patients lives.
Cons: Miles away from home, rotating schedule.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Los Fresnos:
"I like the work stability."
Pros: Very good work staff to work with. Scrub casual, no uniform assigned.
Cons: Rotating Schedule.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Beaumont:
"Working in Correctional Managed Care."
Pros: The up side of working for UTMB on the Correctional Managed Care side is the benefits that are offered. In talking with other nurses that work for other entities, I have found that UTMB offers the best Insurances, health, dental and vision, best retirement, as well as the most paid holidays.
Cons: The down side of working for UTMB on the Correctional Managed Care side is the fact that we get our funding through the state of Texas so if Legislature decides we don't need a raise, we don't get one. I have worked for this company for almost ten years and make barely more than any of the new hires who came have less experience than I do. Working with and around offenders is not easy and is high stress and there is no way to get a raise unless you go back to school and get another degree (which sometimes, the pay increase vs how much is put out on school, does not make it worthwhile). I would have to lose my position w. That I am very good at and love very much to get a very small increase in pay so again, just not worth the trouble.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Corona:
"Tasks."
Pros: Helpfulness, customer service, leadership role.
Cons: Stress, lack of communication.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Dallas:
"Steady work, predictable health problems."
Pros: Some days require very light work, more assessing than action.
Cons: Long hours.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Santa Barbara:
"Wonderful and rewarding, but current facility is horrible."
Pros: Patient care and satisfaction. Making a difference in others lives.
Cons: Lack of patient safety and care, poor poor management. My patients deserve better, I want leave but love my patients that deserve the best care.

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Key Stats for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 603 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

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▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries


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National Average
$45,000

Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 603 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 33%
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