Find out how much does a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) make? 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 $47,710
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 $47,710 . This works out at $21.98 per hour, $918 per week and $3,976 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||$21.98||$879||$3,809||$45,710|
|National Average Salary||$24.34||$973||$4,218||$50,620|
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 against starting salaries for a LPN / LVN.
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 Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – all earning over $57,000 – well above the national average. At the other end of the scale West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama are the states with the lowest average wages 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||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia||1,820||$25.50||$53,050|
Highest Paying Cities and Metropolitan Areas LVN / LPN
Californian cities and Metropolitan areas have the highest payscales for Licensed Vocational Nurses – with San Fransisco, San Jose and Oakland at the top end. Boston pays well too for LPN salaries.
|Metropolitan Area||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-Redwood City-S San Francisco CA||2,270||$31.25||$65,000|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA||2,920||$29.50||$61,360|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA||7,230||$29.11||$60,550|
|Santa Rosa CA||710||$28.57||$59,430|
Highest Paid Non Metropolitan Areas
|Non Metropolitan Area||Employment Numbers||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area||60||$28.86||$60,030|
|Nantucket Island Marthas Vineyard nonmetro area||30||$28.25||$58,760|
|Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area||50||$28.12||$58,490|
|Mother Lode Region California nonmetro area||180||$26.17||$54,430|
|North Nevada nonmetropolitan area||70||$26.02||$54,130|
|Upper E Shore of Maryland nonmetro area||180||$25.61||$53,270|
|SW New Mexico nonmetropolitan area||70||$25.33||$52,680|
|South Coast Oregon nonmetro area||170||$25.28||$52,580|
|N Valley Region of California nonmetro area||40||$25.16||$52,340|
|N Mountains Region California nonmetro area||340||$25.11||$52,230|
Numbers Employed – LPN / LVN – United States
The total number of LPN and LVN’s employed in the U.S. currently stands at 702,700. 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
LPN’s are employed in a wide range of industries and services providing a great range of employment for anyone in this career. They are used widely in hospitals (of course!) retirement communities and care facilities.
|Industry||Hourly Wage||Annual Wage|
|Specialty hospitals - Privately owned||$24.39||$50,730|
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals||$24.23||$50,400|
|Federal government, including USPS||$23.25||$48,370|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$23.14||$48,120|
|Temporary Help Services||$22.69||$47,190|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||$22.61||$47,030|
|Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities||$22.46||$46,710|
|Home Health Care Services||$22.27||$46,320|
|Hospitals - Privately owned||$21.68||$45,090|
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.