Updated August 18, 2021
Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary
$45,000 yearly
$22.05 hourly

Entry level Salary
$34,000 yearly
$34,000
10 %
$45,000
Median
$60,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$60,000
$5,000
$29
75th Percentile
$52,000
$4,333
$25
Average
$45,862
$3,822
$22
25th Percentile
$39,000
$3,250
$19
10th Percentile
$34,000
$2,833
$16

Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary By State

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Licensed Practical Nurse average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$42,339
$20.36
Alaska
$48,423
$23.28
Arizona
$46,407
$22.31
Arkansas
$42,858
$20.60
California
$47,813
$22.99
Colorado
$42,757
$20.56
Connecticut
$47,820
$22.99
Delaware
$45,061
$21.66
District of Columbia
$43,766
$21.04
Florida
$43,247
$20.79
Georgia
$41,626
$20.01
Hawaii
$54,929
$26.41
Idaho
$41,467
$19.94
Illinois
$43,638
$20.98
Indiana
$42,858
$20.60
Iowa
$43,213
$20.78
Kansas
$42,619
$20.49
Kentucky
$42,046
$20.21
Louisiana
$44,570
$21.43
Maine
$47,376
$22.78
Maryland
$44,166
$21.23
Massachusetts
$48,629
$23.38
Michigan
$44,520
$21.40
Minnesota
$44,491
$21.39
Mississippi
$43,149
$20.74
Missouri
$42,386
$20.38
Montana
$41,211
$19.81
Nebraska
$42,804
$20.58
Nevada
$46,276
$22.25
New Hampshire
$48,180
$23.16
New Jersey
$46,643
$22.42
New Mexico
$45,398
$21.83
New York
$46,976
$22.58
North Carolina
$41,415
$19.91
North Dakota
$44,488
$21.39
Ohio
$43,470
$20.90
Oklahoma
$43,463
$20.90
Oregon
$45,524
$21.89
Pennsylvania
$45,502
$21.88
Rhode Island
$48,651
$23.39
South Carolina
$41,217
$19.82
South Dakota
$43,503
$20.91
Tennessee
$41,853
$20.12
Texas
$45,775
$22.01
Utah
$42,870
$20.61
Vermont
$46,693
$22.45
Virginia
$42,723
$20.54
Washington
$43,607
$20.96
West Virginia
$42,773
$20.56
Wisconsin
$44,301
$21.30
Wyoming
$42,193
$20.29

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Highest Paying Cities For Licensed Practical Nurse

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Urban Honolulu, HI
$55,024
$26.45
Richmond, CA
$49,086
$23.60
Boston, MA
$48,713
$23.42
Rochester, NH
$47,992
$23.07
Portland, ME
$47,710
$22.94
New York, NY
$46,994
$22.59

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How much does a Licensed Practical Nurse make?

The average licensed practical nurse salary is $45,862 per year, or $22.05 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $34,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Alaska, and New Hampshire provide the highest licensed practical nurse salaries.

Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $45,900
    $22.05
    +2.6%
    2020
    $44,700
    $21.47
    +2.1%
    2019
    $43,700
    $21.02
    +2.1%
    2018
    $42,800
    $20.58
    +1.6%
    2017
    $42,100
    $20.26
    +1.3%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Nurse

    Avg. salary: $59,891

    Nurses are medical professionals assigned to a specific department in the hospital and provide their trusted department services. Nurses are in charge of taking patients' medical histories, getting vital signs, preparing patients for checkups or procedures, explaining upcoming practices, answering any questions, and communicating any concerns to the assigned doctor. Nurses should ensure that patients follow the medical advice given to them. They also assist patients in completing administrative requirements, such as filling out forms, validating details, and endorsing payments.
    634,244 Nurse Jobs
    Emergency Department Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $70,881

    An emergency registered nurse is first in line for patients who need a response. These nurses are first to respond to emergency cases such as trauma, allergic reactions, and injuries. They assist doctors and other medical staff in emergency medical care. It is their responsibility to always provide high-quality standards for nursing. The skills they should possess include diligence, attention to detail, levelheadedness, and strong communication. They also need to be knowledgeable about emergency care.
    495,306 Emergency Department Registered Nurse Jobs
    Registered Nurse Charge Nurse

    Avg. salary: $63,421

    A registered charge nurse is responsible for supervising nurses' workflow in a particular department or area, ensuring every patient gets the proper care that they need. A registered charge nurse has the discretion to direct tasks, arrange schedules, and monitor patients, such as in the aspects of admission and discharge. Furthermore, a registered charge nurse must maintain an active line of communication and coordination among nurses, physicians, and other personnel involved as the conditions in a hospital can be unpredictable.
    592,855 Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Jobs
    Staff Nurse

    Avg. salary: $59,683

    Staff nurses are registered nurses who are usually assigned to work in a care home, a company, or in a clinical setting. They advise the physical assessments of patients, employees, and residents. They also handle the checking of vital signs, providing basic medical procedures, giving first aid, and, if possible, providing over the counter medication. Staff nurses provide medical attention to the people in their place of assignment. They help pave the path to their patients' full recovery. Staff nurses are expected to be patient and have good interpersonal skills.
    620,425 Staff Nurse Jobs
    Registered Nurse Med/Surg

    Avg. salary: $73,951

    The job of registered medical-surgical nurses is to care for patients with either surgical or non-surgical conditions. They are responsible for aiding patients to cope with their illness, prevent diseases, and promote good health. Entry-level registered nurses often rely on standardized care plans and medical procedures and make scientific-based nursing judgments. On the other hand, intermediate level nurses are more skilled in developing care plans that meet client needs. Requirements to become a medical-surgical nurse include a college degree in nursing, excellent assessment and observation skills, and patient education skills.
    583,506 Registered Nurse Med/Surg Jobs
    Oncology Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $74,223

    An oncology registered nurse is in charge of taking care of patients with cancer. Their responsibilities revolve around coordinating with physicians to devise particular care plans for patients, monitoring their daily condition and progress, administering medicine, preparing nutritious meals, and evaluating treatment results, reporting to the physician should there be any issues. Furthermore, as an oncology registered nurse, it is vital to provide physical and emotional support to patients as the treatments tend to be stressful and emotionally tolling.
    584,628 Oncology Registered Nurse Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Nurse
    $59,891
    $4,991
    $28.79
    634,244
    Emergency Department Registered Nurse
    $70,881
    $5,907
    $34.08
    495,306
    Registered Nurse Charge Nurse
    $63,422
    $5,285
    $30.49
    592,855
    Staff Nurse
    $59,684
    $4,974
    $28.69
    620,425
    Registered Nurse Med/Surg
    $73,951
    $6,163
    $35.55
    583,506
    Oncology Registered Nurse
    $74,224
    $6,185
    $35.68
    584,628
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    Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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. 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.

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    Recently Added Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Accentcare
    LVN Weekend Home Health
    LVN Weekend Home Health
    Houston, TX
    08/31/2021
    $54,262
    08/31/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Skilled Nursing Facility
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Skilled Nursing Facility
    Naperville, IL
    08/31/2021
    $70,958
    08/31/2021
    Accentcare
    Lvn/Lpn Home Health
    Lvn/Lpn Home Health
    Loveland, CO
    08/31/2021
    $52,175
    08/31/2021
    Pinnacle Rehab Staffing
    or Weekend Home Health LVN .
    or Weekend Home Health LVN .
    Mountain View, CA
    08/31/2021
    $73,045
    08/31/2021
    Float LPN
    Boone, CO
    08/31/2021
    $79,306
    08/31/2021
    Lpn/Rn-Oncology
    Dubuque, IA
    08/31/2021
    $20,000
    08/31/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Schools
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Schools
    Orlando, FL
    08/31/2021
    $43,827
    08/31/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Skilled Nursing Facility
    Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN-Skilled Nursing Facility
    West Lafayette, IN
    08/31/2021
    $70,436
    08/31/2021
    Clipboard Health
    Licensed Vocational Nurse (Lvn/Lpn)
    Licensed Vocational Nurse (Lvn/Lpn)
    Indianapolis, IN
    08/31/2021
    $58,436
    08/31/2021
    LPN
    Clearfield, UT
    08/31/2021
    $43,827
    08/31/2021

    Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary by Demographic

    Licensed Practical Nurse Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $47,384
    female-income
    Female Income
    $45,651
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$47,384
    Female$45,651
    Median Licensed Practical Nurse Income by Race
    Asian licensed practical nurses have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american licensed practical nurses have the lowest average salary at $45,642.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$46,384
    Black or African American$45,642
    Asian$48,534
    Hispanic or Latino$45,652
    Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary by Education Level
    Licensed practical nurses with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $56,452 annually. With a Bachelors degree, licensed practical nurses earn a median annual income of $49,995 compared to $48,418 for licensed practical nurses with an Associate degree.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$45,651
    Master's Degree$56,452
    Bachelor's Degree$49,995
    Some College/ Associate Degree$48,418