Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Licensed Practical Nurse Pay

Licensed practical nurses (LPN), or licensed vocational nurses (LVN) as they are known in some states, work in varied healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, physician offices, home health care agencies, hospitals, and assisted living centers.  As of May 2021,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that more than 641,000 LPNs and LVNs were employed in the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for LPNs and LVNs was $51,850 per year.  From state to state there was considerable variation in the average annual wages earned by LPNs and LVNs, with practitioners in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  A deeper examination of BLS data as of May 2021 reveals the following as the ten best and worst states for licensed practical nurse pay.

The Best and Worst States for Licensed Practical Nurse Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CA 72,180 $65,140 1st
AK 480 $63,650 2nd
WA 7,110 $63,250 3rd
MA 15,500 $61,820 4th
NV 3,610 $60,490 5th
OR 3,520 $60,090 6th
RI 1,100 $59,800 7th
CT 8,350 $59,440 8th
NH 2,080 $59,140 9th
NJ 17,200 $58,590 10th
U.S. 641,240 $51,850 -------
SC 9,270 $46,470 42nd
MO 13,620 $46,010 43rd
OK 12,150 $44,910 44th
LA 18,120 $43,900 45th
TN 22,780 $43,620 46th
AR 10,480 $43,040 47th
SD 2,040 $41,830 48th
AL 10,400 $41,540 49th
MS 8,730 $41,530 50th
WV 6,190 $41,310 51st

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 3, 2022