Sunday, April 28, 2024

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 healthcare agencies, hospitals, and assisted living centers.  As of May 2023,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that more than 630,000 LPNs and LVNs were employed in the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for LPNs and LVNs was $60,790 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 2023 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

Best Paying States
California $76,580
Rhode Island $75,470
Washington $75,410
Alaska $74,260
Massachusetts $73,400
New Hampshire $71,770
Maine $71,430
Oregon $71,180
Connecticut $68,150
District of Columbia $68,120

Worst Paying States
Georgia $55,090
Idaho $54,600
Oklahoma $51,880
Louisiana $51,700
Tennessee $50,430
West Virginia $50,090
South Dakota $49,580
Arkansas $49,360
Mississippi $49,050
Alabama $48,320

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 28, 2024