Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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 2019,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that nearly 698,000 LPNs and LVNs were employed in the the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for LPNs and LVNs was $48,500 per year, which compared to a $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  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.  From BLS data of May 2019, the ten states where licensed practical or vocational nurses earned the most were:

Alaska $63,850
Massachusetts $60,340
California $60,240
Rhode Island $59,860
Nevada $58,470
Washington $57,940
New Jersey $57,510
Connecticut $57,380
Maryland $55,020
Oregon $54,740

Bringing up the rear for LPN/LVN pay were these ten states:

Georgia $42,570
South Carolina $42,190
Oklahoma $42,090
Tennessee $41,270
Arkansas $40,760
Louisiana $40,300
Alabama $39,310
Mississippi $39,020
South Dakota $38,760
West Virginia $37,500

So where does your state rank for LPN/LVN pay?

Refer to Licensed Practical Nurse Average Wages by State for more information.