Updated August 22, 2022

Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary


$25.44 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
10 %
90 %

How much does a Licensed Practical Nurse make?

Licensed practical nurses make $52,912 per year on average, or $25.44 per hour, in the United States. Licensed practical nurses on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $74,000.

Location impacts how much a licensed practical nurse can expect to make. Licensed practical nurses make the most in Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

Highest Paying States For Licensed Practical Nurses

The darker areas on the map show where licensed practical nurses earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Salary:

Licensed Practical Nurse average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
2New Hampshire$57,082$27.441,543
6West Virginia$52,016$25.011,401
8Rhode Island$57,622$27.70624
13New York$57,056$27.439,499
17New Mexico$51,440$24.731,768
19North Carolina$50,935$24.497,189
21New Jersey$56,900$27.364,701
25North Dakota$49,145$23.63898
27South Dakota$48,534$23.331,025
33South Carolina$50,172$24.123,304
39District of Columbia$54,538$26.22540

Highest Paying Cities For Licensed Practical Nurses

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Boston, MA$57,483$27.64
2New York, NY$57,081$27.44
3Rochester, NH$56,965$27.39
4Portland, ME$56,758$27.29
5Richmond, CA$56,639$27.23
6Philadelphia, PA$56,457$27.14
7Baltimore, MD$55,282$26.58
8Portland, OR$53,772$25.85
9Las Vegas, NV$53,760$25.85
10Richmond, VA$53,320$25.63
11Cleveland, OH$53,319$25.63
12Seattle, WA$53,223$25.59
13Phoenix, AZ$52,651$25.31
14Jacksonville, NC$51,656$24.83
15San Antonio, TX$51,623$24.82

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Boston, MA
  2. New York, NY
  3. Rochester, NH
  4. Portland, ME
  5. Richmond, CA

Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Details

Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Graph
Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Licensed Practical Nurse's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$74,000$6,167$36
75th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Emergency Department Registered Nurse$81,260$6,772$39.07661,518
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse$71,342$5,945$34.30645,134
Staff Nurse$68,342$5,695$32.86699,636
Registered Nurse Med/Surg$84,812$7,068$40.78515,200
Oncology Registered Nurse$74,716$6,226$35.92636,524

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Wellpath Jobs (746)
  2. Maxim Integrated Jobs (979)
  3. Amedisys Jobs (461)
  4. Nursefinders Jobs (626)
  5. Maxim Healthcare Group Jobs (4,547)

Which Companies Pay Licensed Practical Nurses The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The Citadel and New Jersey Institute of Technology are the highest paying companies for licensed practical nurses.

Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Trends

The salary for a licensed practical nurse can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $46,424, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $52,912 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $68,562. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Licensed Practical Nurse Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change

    Recently Added Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Nostrand CenterLicensed Practical Nurse (LPN)New York, NY07/26/2022$77,219
    Whispering HillsLicensed Practical Nurse (LPN)Milwaukee, WI07/26/2022$62,610
    Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterLPN-Licensed Practical Nurse-New Pay In Lieu of BenefitsDurham, NC07/26/2022$62,610
    The Pavilion at Queens for Rehabilitation & NursingLPN (Recent Grads Welcome To Apply !New York, NY07/26/2022$73,045
    Pelican Pointe Health & Rehabilitation CenterLicensed Practical Nurse (LPN) New WagesWindsor, CO07/26/2022$67,201
    Arnold Walter Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterLicensed Practical Nurse (Holmdel, NJ07/26/2022$56,349
    Concord Care Center of SanduskyLicensed Practical Nurse (LPN)Sandusky, OH07/26/2022$64,697
    Jennifer-Empro StaffingLPN License Practical Nurse Beechtree FacilityIthaca, NY07/26/2022$73,045
    VanderbiltLPN-Vanderbilt Nursing Home and Care CenterElizabeth, NJ07/26/2022$73,045
    Pillar of Cedar Valley Nursing and RehabilitationForeign Worker Rn/Lpn-All ShiftsWaterloo, IA07/26/2022$70,958

    Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Licensed Practical Nurses The Most?

    Hawaii pays Licensed Practical Nurses the most in the United States, with an average salary of $60,494 per year, or $29.08 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Licensed Practical Nurse?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Licensed Practical Nurse if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Rhode Island you should be paid close to $57,622 per year.

    What Type Of Licensed Practical Nurse Gets Paid The Most?

    Registered Nurse Med/Surg gets paid the most. Registered Nurse Med/Surg made a median salary of $84,812. The best-paid 10 percent make $112,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $63,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Licensed Practical Nurse?

    A good starting salary for a licensed practical nurse is $36,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a licensed practical nurse in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for licensed practical nurses is $48,757, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a licensed practical nurse can vary by state.

    Do Rns Or Lpns Get Paid More?

    RNs are paid more than LPNs. A registered nurse or RN averages around $73,300 a year, while a licensed practical nurse or LPN averages around $44,849.

    The biggest factor in why RNs earn more than LPNs is that RNs have a much more hands-on role when it comes to patient care, compared to an LPN who is there to essentially assist RNs and doctors.

    How Much Do Lpns Make Per Hour?

    An LPN makes $22 an hour ($46,282 a year). However, there is some range in how much an LPN can earn an hour - starting from as little as $13.49 an hour to $29.34. Factors such as years of experience, location, and company type impact how much an LPN can make.

    Is Being A Licensed Practical Nurse Hard?

    Yes, being a licensed practical nurse is hard. Working as a licensed practical nurse can be very demanding, limiting, and stressful. As an LPN, you have very few opportunities for growth within your career unless you invest in further training.

    What Is The Highest-paying State For Licensed Practical Nurses?

    The highest-paying state for licensed practical nurses is Rhode Island. The national average for licensed practical nurses is $44,849 a year compared to the average in Rhode Island, which is $59,130 a year. It is followed by Massachusetts, Alaska, Nevada, and Connecticut.

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