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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary Information

The salary statistics of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,510
25th Percentile Wage
$37,040
50th Percentile Wage
$44,090
75th Percentile Wage
$51,220
90th Percentile Wage
$60,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is $60,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,510. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 85% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201644,0902.09%5.78%
201543,1701.58%-
201442,4901.34%-
201341,9200.91%-
201241,540--

Table 2. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $49,080. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $37,420).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$49,080
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,260
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,620
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,790
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,730
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,020
Information
$43,970
Health Care and Social Assistance
$43,970
Manufacturing
$42,310
Retail Trade
$42,160
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$40,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,490
Wholesale Trade
$38,600
Educational Services
$37,420

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses by States

From the above tables we note that not only licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,210 to $56,320. The highest paying state for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $56,320. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,210. For more salary information of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$56,320
Rhode Island
$56,060
Massachusetts
$55,630
New Jersey
$54,800
District of Columbia
$53,740
Alaska
$53,160
Nevada
$52,970
California
$52,820
Maryland
$51,640
Arizona
$51,100
Delaware
$50,570
Washington
$50,120
Oregon
$49,680
Hawaii
$48,340
New Hampshire
$48,260
Colorado
$47,940
New Mexico
$47,710
Illinois
$47,460
New York
$46,840
Vermont
$46,530
Michigan
$46,500
Wyoming
$45,780
Pennsylvania
$45,290
Texas
$45,180
Wisconsin
$44,040
Maine
$44,030
Minnesota
$43,830
North Dakota
$43,350
Utah
$43,220
North Carolina
$42,740
Florida
$42,630
Indiana
$41,730
Montana
$41,090
Virginia
$40,840
Ohio
$40,730
Kansas
$40,700
Iowa
$40,500
Idaho
$40,420
Nebraska
$40,220
South Carolina
$39,850
Georgia
$39,640
Kentucky
$39,270
Missouri
$39,060
Oklahoma
$38,780
Louisiana
$37,400
Tennessee
$37,180
South Dakota
$36,840
Arkansas
$36,720
Mississippi
$36,260
Alabama
$36,180
West Virginia
$35,530
Guam
$32,570
Puerto Rico
$21,210



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