How Much Do Licensed Practical Nurses Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$50090 per year
Hourly wage
$24 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$35,570 to $42,060 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $20 per hour

Entry-level Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $35,570 to $42,060 per year or $17 to $20 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $32 $65,520
Senior (Top 25%) $28 $57,860
Middle (Mid 50%) $23 $48,820
Junior (Bottom 25%) $20 $42,060
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $35,570

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $33 $67,620
CA $31 $64,090
MA $29 $60,400
WA $29 $59,780
NV $29 $59,700
RI $28 $59,090
CT $28 $58,430
DC $28 $57,810
NJ $28 $57,590
OR $28 $57,320

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Licensed Practical Nurses are in the states of AK, CA, MA, WA and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $60570 $29.12
Outpatient Care Centers $56320 $27.08
Insurance Carriers $56260 $27.05
Religious Organizations $55100 $26.49
Scientific Research and Development Services $54490 $26.20
Federal Executive Branch $54370 $26.14
State Government $53290 $25.62
Office Administrative Services $52260 $25.13
Home Health Care Services $51580 $24.80
Technical and Trade Schools $51420 $24.72
Specialty Hospitals $51290 $24.66
Management of Companies and Enterprises $51240 $24.63
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $51200 $24.62
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $51100 $24.57
Employment Services $50870 $24.46
Local Government $50750 $24.40
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $50600 $24.32
Facilities Support Services $50330 $24.20
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $50220 $24.15
Other Residential Care Facilities $49450 $23.77
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $49340 $23.72
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $49310 $23.70
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $49050 $23.58
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $48900 $23.51
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $48430 $23.28
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $48160 $23.15
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $48050 $23.10
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $47850 $23.00
Civic and Social Organizations $47510 $22.84
Rental and Leasing Services $47500 $22.84

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