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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 $57,840, Rhode Island is the highest paying state for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. It is followed by Connecticut (average annual salary $57,340). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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 Rhode Island
$57,840
$44,880 1,040
2 Connecticut
$57,340
$44,870 7,750
3 Massachusetts
$56,570
$42,320 16,680
4 Alaska
$56,450
$42,560 520
5 New Jersey
$55,710
$42,730 17,240
6 Nevada
$54,690
$43,200 2,630
7 California
$53,610
$38,790 66,350
8 Maryland
$53,230
$41,480 10,630
9 Washington
$53,180
$41,020 7,380
10 Delaware
$52,880
$40,590 2,170
11 Arizona
$52,620
$39,920 6,610
12 District of Columbia
$52,610
$42,200 1,820
13 Oregon
$50,770
$41,600 3,090
14 Colorado
$50,040
$38,840 5,340
15 New Hampshire
$49,330
$40,210 2,200
16 Hawaii
$48,470
$39,890 1,270
17 Illinois
$48,390
$35,070 19,790
18 New Mexico
$48,170
$34,680 2,140
19 Vermont
$47,860
$37,130 1,260
20 New York
$47,610
$34,120 45,950
21 Michigan
$47,570
$35,240 14,920
22 Wyoming
$46,660
$36,960 600
23 Pennsylvania
$46,400
$34,230 36,890
24 Minnesota
$45,520
$35,230 16,840
25 Texas
$45,400
$34,010 72,010
26 North Dakota
$45,150
$34,880 2,530
27 Utah
$44,940
$29,480 2,040
28 Maine
$44,840
$35,520 1,210
29 Wisconsin
$44,300
$34,230 7,450
30 Virgin Islands
$43,630
$31,910 80
31 North Carolina
$43,610
$33,670 17,810
32 Florida
$43,380
$33,200 47,550
33 Indiana
$43,010
$33,250 15,480
34 Montana
$42,950
$32,110 2,470
35 Kansas
$42,350
$33,290 7,350
36 Virginia
$42,310
$32,390 21,920
37 Ohio
$42,030
$32,750 40,660
38 Nebraska
$41,870
$32,120 5,410
39 Iowa
$41,720
$32,980 5,990
40 Idaho
$41,290
$32,020 2,420
41 Missouri
$41,100
$31,050 15,850
42 Kentucky
$40,960
$31,770 10,140
43 South Carolina
$40,410
$29,740 9,590
44 Georgia
$40,330
$29,360 26,040
45 Oklahoma
$39,660
$31,830 11,490
46 Tennessee
$38,060
$30,050 24,000
47 Louisiana
$37,890
$29,420 20,340
48 Arkansas
$37,750
$28,540 12,350
49 South Dakota
$37,600
$28,910 1,770
50 Alabama
$36,890
$26,180 12,860
51 Mississippi
$36,700
$28,500 8,970
52 West Virginia
$35,470
$27,000 5,900
53 Guam
$33,040
$24,790 110
54 Puerto Rico
$21,970
$16,670 4,300
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