Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary

The average Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.14 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. For the most part, Licensed Vocational Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Licensed Vocational Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans.

$30,375 - $61,328
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$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,613
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$16.80 - $26.99
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MEDIAN: $21.25
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$0$61K
Salary $30,375 - $61,328
Bonus $242.55 - $2,952
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $2,968
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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$34,873 - $59,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 680
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $16.80 - $26.99
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $22.60 - $39.86
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $242.55 - $2,952
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $2,968
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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$34,873 - $59,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,623

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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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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 Employer Salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Licensed Vocational Nurses include Maxim Healthcare Services, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $58K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $36K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $73K. Sharp Healthcare, Encompass Home Health, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center also offer top salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurses. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $53K, $50K, and $50K, respectively.

Maxim Healthcare Services offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $37K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $34K to $51K. Also approaching the lower end are Maxim at $38K, Epic at $41K, and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at $41K.

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: $45,110

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 Riverside:
"Love being a nurse."
Pros: Helping patients, making a difference in patients lives.
Cons: Miles away from home, rotating schedule.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Riverside:
"Love being a nurse."
Pros: Helping patients, making a difference in patients lives.
Cons: Miles away from home, rotating schedule.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Los Fresnos:
"I like the work stability."
Pros: Very good work staff to work with. Scrub casual, no uniform assigned.
Cons: Rotating Schedule.

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 Corona:
"Tasks."
Pros: Helpfulness, customer service, leadership role.
Cons: Stress, lack of communication.

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.

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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 671 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

▲7%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salaries

▲6%


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National Average
$45,000

▼1%

Home Health/Home Care
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▼5%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 671 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 33%
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