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Highest Paying States for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

The highest paying states for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $56,320, Connecticut is the highest paying state for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. It is followed by Rhode Island (average annual salary $56,060). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Connecticut
$56,320
$43,240 7,780
2 Rhode Island
$56,060
$43,420 1,060
3 Massachusetts
$55,630
$42,110 15,890
4 New Jersey
$54,800
$41,530 16,360
5 District of Columbia
$53,740
$42,770 1,720
6 Alaska
$53,160
$41,160 500
7 Nevada
$52,970
$42,050 2,570
8 California
$52,820
$37,010 68,110
9 Maryland
$51,640
$40,780 11,640
10 Arizona
$51,100
$39,060 6,100
11 Delaware
$50,570
$37,780 2,120
12 Washington
$50,120
$39,530 7,250
13 Oregon
$49,680
$40,890 2,780
14 Hawaii
$48,340
$40,710 1,280
15 New Hampshire
$48,260
$38,910 2,290
16 Colorado
$47,940
$36,810 5,010
17 New Mexico
$47,710
$33,160 2,100
18 Illinois
$47,460
$33,250 20,140
19 New York
$46,840
$33,410 46,990
20 Vermont
$46,530
$34,950 1,350
21 Michigan
$46,500
$34,520 14,980
22 Wyoming
$45,780
$35,800 680
23 Pennsylvania
$45,290
$33,180 38,020
24 Texas
$45,180
$33,830 70,810
25 Wisconsin
$44,040
$33,860 7,990
26 Maine
$44,030
$34,530 1,250
27 Minnesota
$43,830
$33,890 17,070
28 North Dakota
$43,350
$33,580 2,670
29 Utah
$43,220
$30,240 1,910
30 North Carolina
$42,740
$33,260 17,930
31 Florida
$42,630
$32,960 44,820
32 Indiana
$41,730
$32,910 16,090
33 Montana
$41,090
$30,450 2,490
34 Virginia
$40,840
$31,640 21,410
35 Ohio
$40,730
$32,390 39,920
36 Kansas
$40,700
$32,580 7,380
37 Iowa
$40,500
$32,510 6,340
38 Idaho
$40,420
$31,680 2,390
39 Nebraska
$40,220
$32,400 5,100
40 South Carolina
$39,850
$30,700 9,440
41 Georgia
$39,640
$29,750 26,510
42 Kentucky
$39,270
$30,620 10,520
43 Missouri
$39,060
$30,440 15,810
44 Oklahoma
$38,780
$31,170 11,580
45 Louisiana
$37,400
$29,090 20,580
46 Tennessee
$37,180
$28,820 23,620
47 South Dakota
$36,840
$28,480 1,820
48 Arkansas
$36,720
$27,330 12,100
49 Mississippi
$36,260
$28,360 8,990
50 Alabama
$36,180
$25,830 13,030
51 West Virginia
$35,530
$26,870 6,090
52 Guam
$32,570
$25,740 80
53 Puerto Rico
$21,210
$16,560 4,440
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