Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,010
25th Percentile Wage
$44,020
50th Percentile Wage
$52,820
75th Percentile Wage
$60,700
90th Percentile Wage
$70,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $70,350. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,010.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.79
25th Percentile Wage
$21.16
50th Percentile Wage
$25.40
75th Percentile Wage
$29.18
90th Percentile Wage
$33.82

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $33.82. The median hourly salary is $25.40. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.79.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,8201.57%3.16%
201551,9900.56%-
201451,7000.15%-
201351,6200.91%-
201251,150--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in state of California ranges from $47,290 to $62,870. The highest paying area for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $62,870. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $59,220). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $47,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$62,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$59,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$58,640
Salinas
$57,900
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,120
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$56,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$56,570
Napa
$55,990
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$55,660
Vallejo-Fairfield
$55,610
Hanford-Corcoran
$55,600
El Centro
$55,600
Madera-Chowchilla
$55,600
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,600
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$54,990
Bakersfield-Delano
$54,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$54,380
Stockton
$53,970
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,350
Merced
$52,480
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$52,260
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$51,730
Chico
$51,060
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$51,020
Yuba City
$50,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$50,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$49,870
Modesto
$49,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$49,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$49,120
Fresno
$48,300
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$48,300
Redding
$47,860
Visalia-Porterville
$47,290



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