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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary (United States)

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) earns an average wage of $19.40 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary (?
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$26,867 - $54,716
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,300
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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary (?
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$14.87 - $25.05
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,867 - $54,716  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $3,058  
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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$30,798 - $54,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 714
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $25.05  
   
Overtime
$16.76 - $36.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $3,058  
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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$30,798 - $54,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,517
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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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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Elder Care
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Home Health/Home Care
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Telemetry
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Nutrition
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National Average
$41,000
Emergency Room (ER)
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Nursery
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Gynecology
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
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: 34%