Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

For Licensed Vocational Nurses, hourly average wages total $20.79 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a majority have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, roughly one in three claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,982 - $59,893
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MEDIAN: $42,829
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$16.44 - $26.50
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MEDIAN: $20.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,982 - $59,893  
   
Bonus
$243.61 - $3,058  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$34,181 - $57,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 623
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.44 - $26.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.31  
Overtime
$22.26 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$243.61 - $3,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$34,181 - $57,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,908
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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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As Licensed Vocational Nurses transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Nursing, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Nursing earn $80K on average per year. The most common career progression for Licensed Vocational Nurses leads to becoming a Registered Nurse, where average pay is $56K 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 $40K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Licensed Vocational Nurses fill the offices of leading firms Maxim Healthcare Services, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $58K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging 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.

The lowest salaries can be found at Maxim Healthcare Services — median pay is $37K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $34K and only reaching $51K. Maxim, Epic, and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $38K, $41K, and $41K.

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 Quality Improvement / QA, Hospice, Wound Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Gynecology. Most people who know Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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


Licensed Vocational Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. Licensed Vocational Nurses bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,122

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

California is a land of opportunity for Licensed Vocational Nurses. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. Victoria ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Riverside and Tyler earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Reviews

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

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 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.

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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Key Stats for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

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▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$44,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$44,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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