Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $20.25 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Some workers in this field — roughly a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. Job satisfaction for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses is high. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,580 - $62,111
$32K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,633
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$16.09 - $25.61
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MEDIAN: $20.38
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$0$62K
Salary $31,580 - $62,111
Bonus $147.95 - $2,534
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$33,681 - $56,870
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $16.09 - $25.61
Overtime $20.63 - $38.18
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $147.95 - $2,534
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$33,681 - $56,870
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 461

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Job Description for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical nurses work with doctors and other nurses to help with patient care. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may also be called licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These nurses may work in a variety of settings, and their duties may vary from state to state.

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Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Tasks

  • Interview patients and monitor data like weight, blood pressure, and vital signs, documenting results on patient charts.
  • Answer patient calls and visits, and provide knowledge and guidance.
  • Clean rooms, change linens, and sterilize equipment.
  • Review physician orders, lab results and care instructions with patients, answering questions and administering treatment.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


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There are some Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses — though it's uncommon — that transition into MDS Coordinators, where earnings are an average $57K annually. Many Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses go on to become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Maxim Healthcare Services, DaVita Inc., Kindred Hospital, Maxim, and Kaiser Permanente are top-notch employers for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses in this area. Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town — $51K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are Kindred Hospital at $51K, PSA healthcare at $48K, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses annually earn $39K.

Maxim, DaVita Inc., and Maxim Healthcare Services also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $37K, $39K, and $39K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Telemetry, Hospice, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Dialysis. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 488 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 261 salaries. An experienced Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 246 salaries. A Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 165 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,682

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

For Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+9 percent), Fort Worth (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Boise is the market with the smallest paychecks. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse?

Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse in Springfield:
"Nursing."
Pros: I am a caregiver, I have always taken care of people. I love to help people.
Cons: Disrespectful patients, the potential to be hurt.

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Key Stats for Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$44,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salaries


▲5%

▲2%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$44,000

▼2%


▼2%

Gynecology
▼3%

▼4%


Long Term Care
▼4%

▼5%

▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 31%
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