Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Pay for Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.63 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $15.22 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $25.31. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and experience level. Licensed Vocational Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half.

$27,931 - $55,464

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$15.22 - $25.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,931 - $55,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
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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$31,583 - $54,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $37.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
   
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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$31,583 - $54,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,778
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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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While Licensed Vocational Nurses do not often become Directors of Nursing, the job pays $80K per year on average. Going from Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $55K. Many others choose to work as Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, where pay is typically $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Dominating the field, Kaiser Permanente, Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number 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 big spenders include Sharp Healthcare, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, top-paying firms where Licensed Vocational Nurses see paychecks nearing $50K, $50K, or $50K.

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $38K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $48K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also approaching the lower end are Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Maxim Healthcare Services, and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, each paying $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Psychiatric, Wound Care, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 many Licensed Vocational Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. Licensed Vocational Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


Licensed Vocational Nurses can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Victoria, 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio and Riverside (5 percent lower).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Reviews

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

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Alvin:
"The Full Experience."
Pros: Helping improve peoples health one issue at a time, giving people information to improve their health and well being, educating the public on health concerns and options.
Cons: Often unappreciated, often abused (verbally, emotionally, occasionally physically), physically exhausting (long hours on feet and lifting), long hours and odd schedules lead to few quality hours of time with family and few options to work "normal" schedules (M-F 8-5), often work weekends and holidays (with no pay increase), few health benefits offered, saturated field makes it a very competitive job market with fewer options (LVNs being phased out by hospitals and other practices for MAs and RNs), stress level.

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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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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

Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 694 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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