Salary Guide: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)/Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

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Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses care for patients with illness, injury, or disability in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. As the name would suggest, licensing is required. Nationwide there are nearly 730,000 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses who earn an average salary of $41,360.

To become an LPN or LVN, you must complete a state-approved training program and obtain a license from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

To become an LPN or LVN, you must complete a state-approved training program and obtain a license from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Training programs are typically given at technical, vocational, junior, and community colleges but are often also available at high schools, hospitals, and universities. Licenses are awarded after the student passes the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Explore LPN/LVP programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $34,170
Alaska: $47,100
Arizona: $48,390
Arkansas: $34,280
California: $50,490
Colorado: $42,950
Connecticut: $53,280
Delaware: $47,800
District of Columbia: $49,400
Florida: $40,230
Georgia: $35,950
Hawaii : $44,640
Idaho: $38,120
Illinois : $41,080
Indiana: $38,100
Iowa: $36,320
Kansas: $36,820
Kentucky: $36,550
Louisiana: $37,830
Maine: $39,760
Maryland: $49,330
Massachusetts: $49,620
Michigan: $42,240
Minnesota: $38,920
Mississippi: $34,930
Missouri: $35,870
Montana: $35,660
Nebraska: $36,520
Nevada: $50,150
New Hampshire: $44,770
New Jersey: $50,950
New Mexico: $45,490
New York: $42,730
North Carolina: $40,560
North Dakota: $35,320
Ohio: $40,300
Oklahoma: $33,900
Oregon: $45,370
Pennsylvania: $42,250
Rhode Island: $50,900
South Carolina: $37,770
South Dakota: $33,910
Tennessee: $36,040
Texas: $41,720
Utah: $40,160
Vermont: $41,800
Virginia: $38,600
Washington: $45,400
West Virginia: $32,750
Wisconsin: $41,010
Wyoming: $39,810

Salaries in Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $49,510
2. Los Angeles: $48,320
3. Chicago: $44,390
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $46,750
5. Philadelphia: $48,720
6. Houston: $43,360
7. Washington DC: $45,360
8. Miami: $42,010
9. Atlanta: $37,750
10. Boston: $49,190
11. San Francisco: $57,600
12. Detroit: $47,390
13. Riverside: $45,440
14. Phoenix: $49,870
15. Seattle: $47,850
16. Minneapolis: $41,210
17. San Diego: $48,420
18. St. Louis: $39,010
19. Tampa: $41,390
20. Baltimore: $49,460

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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