Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.58 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.19 per hour on the low end to $25.25 on the high end. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. While some workers in this profession — close to a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Vocational Nurses (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,893 - $55,249
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$28K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,663
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$15.19 - $25.25
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,893 - $55,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
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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$31,487 - $54,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 704
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$16.53 - $37.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$31,487 - $54,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,721
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Nursing. That role pays $80K per year on average. 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 $55K per year. Many other Licensed Vocational Nurses choose to take on a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role, where salaries are 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. Texas Childrens Pediatric Associates pays the most with a median salary of $51K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $34K to a high of $82K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and Kaiser Permanente, where earnings of $50K, $49K, or $49K are standard for Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Employees at Maxim Healthcare Services take home the smallest paychecks, and $37K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $35K and quickly nearing the top at only $56K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, all paying $38K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Survey results imply that Licensed Vocational Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Hospice, Psychiatric, Wound Care, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice. Those familiar with Elder Care also tend to know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Licensed Vocational Nurses see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Licensed Vocational Nurse with more than 20 years of experience can earn $45K on average.

Pay Difference by 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 Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Victoria, 15 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 5 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Riverside and San Antonio.

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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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Quality Improvement / QA
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Elder Care
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Acute Care
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Nutrition
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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

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 692 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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