Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,580
25th Percentile Wage
$36,950
50th Percentile Wage
$43,970
75th Percentile Wage
$51,100
90th Percentile Wage
$60,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is $60,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is $32,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201643,9702.00%5.89%
201543,0901.62%-
201442,3901.27%-
201341,8501.12%-
201241,380--

Compare Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in 42 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses occupations is the general medical and surgical hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $48,250. The lowest paying industry is the offices of optometrists industry (annual salary $35,430). For detailed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$48,250
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$46,190
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$46,080
Child Day Care Services
$45,710
Outpatient Care Centers
$45,640
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$45,470
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$45,460
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$45,440
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$45,300
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$45,180
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$44,990
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$44,730
Home Health Care Services
$44,510
Other Residential Care Facilities
$44,250
Hospitals - State government owned
$43,860
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$43,760
Offices of Dentists
$43,370
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$43,240
Hospitals - Privately owned
$43,150
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$42,880
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$42,760
Social Assistance
$42,670
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$42,660
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$42,640
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$42,630
Individual and Family Services
$42,570
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$42,540
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$42,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$42,290
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$42,250
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$42,250
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$42,070
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$42,040
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$42,040
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$41,680
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$41,470
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$41,120
Offices of Chiropractors
$40,140
Hospitals - Local government owned
$40,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$40,090
Offices of Physicians
$39,990
Offices of Optometrists
$35,430

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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