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 among California cities 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,790
25th Percentile Wage
$44,950
50th Percentile Wage
$53,610
75th Percentile Wage
$61,300
90th Percentile Wage
$71,380

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 $71,380. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,790.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,610
1.47% 4.59%
2016
$52,820
1.57% -
2015
$51,990
0.56% -
2014
$51,700
0.15% -
2013
$51,620
0.91% -
2012
$51,150
- -

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 $45,970 to $62,810. 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 $62,810. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Salinas (mean annual salary $60,830). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $45,970.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$62,810
Salinas
$60,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$60,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,480
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$59,390
Yuba City
$58,040
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,010
Napa
$57,670
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,120
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$56,550
Hanford-Corcoran
$55,900
Vallejo-Fairfield
$55,900
Madera-Chowchilla
$55,890
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,890
Stockton
$55,840
Bakersfield-Delano
$55,420
El Centro
$55,280
Chico
$54,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$54,090
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$53,880
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$53,670
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,640
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,990
Merced
$51,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$51,690
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,250
Modesto
$50,980
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$50,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$50,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$49,870
Redding
$49,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$49,260
Fresno
$49,180
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,070
Visalia-Porterville
$45,970




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