Find out how much a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) makes. This page will show you all of the data covering LPN salary information – remember a Licensed Vocational Nurse LVN salary is the same thing in Texas and California.
Below you’ll find out all sorts of interesting figures and comparisons – highest paying states, cities, industries and total employment numbers. You can go to our Salary by State page for a detailed breakdown of the figures for each U.S. state. Again the information is designed to be read quickly and easily.
The U.S. Average Licensed Practical Nurse LPN Salary is $42,400
The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average annual salary for a LPN or LVN working in the United States is $42,400 . This works out at $20.30 per hour, $815 per week and $3,533 per month. Look at the table below to see how this compares with the national average wage.
|Hourly Wage||Weekly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|LPN/LVN Average Salary||$20.30||$815||$3,533||$42,400|
|National Average Salary||$22.01||$880||$3,815||$45,790|
Salary Range – LVN/LPN
Earnings for a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse can vary quite widely from state to state and according to experience, service and further training. They are also employed across a variety of “industries” and sectors – influencing the average salaries. The chart below gives you a good idea of the range between the 10th percentile and the 90th percentile. This is a wide range and can be explained by the higher salaries for LPN’s with further training and education.
Basic supply and demand forces can partially explain the variation in wages across the states. Cost of living differences also have an influence on average state salaries – as is the case with most types of nursing careers.
The highest paid states for a Licensed Practical Nurse are Connecticut, Nevada and Alaska – all earning over $52,000 – well above the national average. At the other end of the scale West Virginia, South Dakota and Alabama are the states with the lowest average salaries for LPN’s.
Click on the map to view more detailed LPN / LVN salary information for each state in the United States – you can select each state for full details of average earnings, industry and employment rates.
|State||Hourly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia||$24.51||$4,248||$50,980|
Highest Paying Cities and Metropolitan Areas LVN / LPN
|Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA||$29.11||$5,046||$60,550|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA||$28.80||$4,993||$59,910|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA||$27.80||$4,818||$57,820|
Highest Paid Non Metropolitan Areas
|Non Metropolitan Area||Hourly Wage||Monthly Salary||Annual Salary|
|St. Mary's County Maryland||$25.97||$4,502||$54,020|
|Railbelt / Southwest Alaska||$25.48||$4,416||$52,990|
|North Valley Region of California||$25.02||$4,336||$52,030|
|Mother Lode Region of California||$24.78||$4,295||$51,540|
Numbers Employed – LPN / LVN – United States
The total number of LPN and LVN’s employed in the U.S. currently stands at 718,800. Both Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are included in this total. Look at the chart below for top ten states with the highest employment figures.
Highest Paid Industries – Licensed Practical Nurse
|Industry||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||$22.09||$45,950|
|Pharmacies and Drug Stores||$22.03||$45,820|
|Elementary and Secondary Schools - State owned||$21.81||$45,360|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$21.17||$44,040|
|Offices of Physical Occupational and Speech Therapists||$21.15||$43,990|
|Home Health Care Services||$21.11||$43,920|
|Office Administrative Services||$21.11||$43,910|
|Specialty hospitals - Privately owned||$21.10||$43,890|
Outlook for LPN / LVN
The BLS issues figures for the projected employment numbers across many careers – the figures list the estimated rise over 10 years from 2012 to 2022. The average rise across all occupations is 11%. The outlook for a Licensed Practical Nurse is a rise of 25% with the estimated employment numbers for 2022 set to increase by 182,900. Prospects are good for anyone setting out on this career path.