LPN/Licensed Practical Nurse
LVN/Licensed Vocational Nurse
Salary

An average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary, LPN Salary, or Licensed Vocational Nurse Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. They work in a number of settings, which includes hospitals, clinics and schools.

The average salary of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

In some states the title is Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN and in other states they are called Licensed Vocational Nurse or LVN. There used to be a slight difference with the curriculum of the LPN being designed to progress to being a Registered Nurse somewhat easier than the LVN. For most purposes there is no real difference in the work or job descriptions of the two.

Hourly

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses median salary is $19.79 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $14.74 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $27.00 per hour.

Annually

On an annual basis the median Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses salary is $41,150. The lowest 10% earn $30,650 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $57,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average

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Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

$14.89

$16.82

$19.97

$23.26

$27.58

Annual Wage (2)

$30,970

$34,990

$41,540

$48,380

$57,360

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Lowest and Highest LPN LVN Salary

The lowest paid Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses earn less than $30,000 annually while the highest paid Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses earn more than $61,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best paying states for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses to earn a salary are Connecticut $53,560, Nevada $52,850, Alaska $52,480, Massachusetts $52,060, and New Jersey $51,350.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses salary are San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA $60,550, Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division $59,540, Salinas, CA $58,950, and Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $57,850.

Click here to see salary for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in all 50 states.

 

Other Industries that Employ Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

A very small number of these nurses are employed in grant services, junior colleges, and the real estate industries. 


Employment Data

There are 729,140 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses working in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Where They Work

Of all the Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses employed in the United States over 215,000 of them work in nursing care facilities and an additional 136,190 work in hospitals. Physicians’ offices account for an additional 89,740 and Employment Agencies and Home Health Agencies account for 41,010 and 73,760 respectively.

Private Practice vs. Employment

A rapidly growing trend in the healthcare arena is the use of the travel nurse. Travel Nurses agree to take short term employment contracts in return for additional incentives such as housing, travel allowances and bonuses. They usually work directly for a nursing employment agency but a few of them actually negotiate their own employment contracts and are truly self-employed. There are some opportunities for the LPN and LVN in this area.

Benefits

Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.



International Salary

United Kingdom (UK) [1]

Licensed Practical Nurses in the UK are paid on an average of annual salary ranging from £12,933 - £55,313, with a median of £27,677.

Canada [2]

Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada are paid on an average of $20.00 - $36.00 per hour with an annual salary ranging from $36,899 - $63,291.

Australia – enrolled nurses [3]

Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses provide support to registered nurses, doctors, and midwives. They provide basic nursing care to hospital patients, residents of aged care facilities, and newborn infants and their mothers.

  • Starting salary: $35,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $45,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $40,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:28,000 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 27,800)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurse is 34.8 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as an Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurse include:NSW: 28.3%SA: 19.6%QLD: 18.3%

[1] http://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Job=Licensed_Practical_Nurse_(LPN)/Hourly_Rate 
[2] http://www.welcomebc.ca/welcome_bc/media/Media-Gallery/docs/occupationalguides/lpn.pdf  [3]https://www.open.edu.au/careers/healthcare-medical-pharmaceuticals/enrolled-mothercraft-nurses

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