$44,129
Avg. Salary
$21.26
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$955

Profit Sharing

$900

Commission

$0.00

The average pay for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is $21.26 per hour.

The average pay for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is $44,129 per year.

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$27
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MEDIAN $21
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MEDIAN $44,129
$30,209 - $61,162
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MEDIAN: $44,129
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$16.74 - $27.26
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$0$61K
Salary $30,209 - $61,162
Bonus $153 - $3,050
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $2,718
Commission $0.00
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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$34,726 - $59,206
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,148
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $16.74 - $27.26
Hourly Tips $0.26
Overtime $22.46 - $40.13
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $153 - $3,050
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $9.93 - $2,718
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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$34,726 - $59,206
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 9,407

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.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Pay By Employer

$0$75K

$38,422

$57,507

Maxim
50 profiles
$38,506

DaVita Inc.
48 profiles
$43,432

$48,421

$43,192

$40,841

Sharp Healthcare
21 profiles
$49,824

$46,471

Epic
18 profiles
$41,347

Common Career Paths for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


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Licensed Vocational Nurses who transition into a Director of Nursing role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $80K per year. As Licensed Vocational Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $56K per year. Another common career choice for Licensed Vocational Nurses is to move into a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse role. Typically, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses get paid $40K.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Licensed Vocational Nurses report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Quality Improvement / QA, Hospice, Wound Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice, Pediatrics, and Gynecology. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 3,031 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 1,410 salaries. An experienced Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,217 salaries. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 684 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,024

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

For Licensed Vocational Nurses, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego are known as the cities with the best salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurses. Location significantly influences compensation, with Victoria Licensed Vocational Nurses earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Riverside and Tyler (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Reviews

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

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Oxnard:
"Not supportive to nurses."
Pros: The patients I meet.
Cons: Low pay, no sick pay, no paid vacations or benefits.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in San Clemente:
"It brings me pleasure to serve those in need."
Pros: The work environment can feel like home.
Cons: Underpaid and far.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Dallas:
"Rembering what you learned in class and at the hospital."
Never break the rules that you learned in school. Never do something that you are not comfortable with and could be dangerous to your patient or compromise your license.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Lubbock:
"Love my job, just wish it was better."
Pros: I love helping others.
Cons: I feel under valued by some, under paid and the work hours are not the best.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Sunnyvale:
"Stressful."
Pros: Love being a nurse.
Cons: Stress.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in San Marcos:
"Time Management Skills Are A Must. People Skills A Must."
Work on time management skills whether by attending mini workshops or reading self-help books. People skills are a must. Always smile. Customer service plays a big role. Keep personal opinions to yourself. Back all advice given with proof from medical publications.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in San Antonio:
"Presently as a research nurse I assist with writing protocol."
Get your RN degree.

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Key Stats for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1168 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

▲8%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

▲6%


▲3%

▲2%

▲1%

▲1%

▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$45,000

▼1%

Home Health/Home Care
▼2%


▼5%

▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1168 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 33%