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Licensed Practical Nurse LPN Salary LVN

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.

Don’t forget to have a look at our main LPN / LVN Guide for information about LPN’s and then our LPN Training Guide.

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 WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual 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.

Highest Paid States for a Licensed Practical or Vocational NurseLVN or LPN salary by state image

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.

StateHourly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual Salary
Connecticut $25.75 $4,463 $53,560
Nevada $25.41 $4,404 $52,850
Alaska $25.23 $4,373 $52,480
Massachusetts $25.03 $4,338 $52,060
New Jersey $24.69 $4,279 $51,350
California $24.60 $4,264 $51,170
Rhode Island $24.58 $4,260 $51,120
District of Columbia $24.51 $4,248 $50,980
Arizona $24.18 $4,191 $50,290
Maryland $23.99 $4,158 $49,900

Highest Paying Cities and Metropolitan Areas LVN / LPN

Metropolitan AreaHourly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual 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
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA $28.63 $4,962 $59,540
Salinas CA $28.34 $4,913 $58,950
Vallejo-Fairfield CA $27.81 $4,821 $57,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA $27.80 $4,818 $57,820

Highest Paid Non Metropolitan Areas

Non Metropolitan AreaHourly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual Salary
Southeast Alaska $26.57 $4,605 $55,260
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
Eastern Connecticut $24.75 $4,290 $51,480

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

IndustryHourly WageAnnual Salary
Insurance Carriers $23.29 $48,450
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
Employment Services $21.67 $45,060
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.

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