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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,970
25th Percentile Wage
$38,010
50th Percentile Wage
$45,030
75th Percentile Wage
$52,220
90th Percentile Wage
$61,030

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 $61,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,970. 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 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
$45,030
2.09% 7.75%
2016
$44,090
2.09% -
2015
$43,170
1.58% -
2014
$42,490
1.34% -
2013
$41,920
0.91% -
2012
$41,540
- -

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

The average salaries of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in 15 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 $50,680. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $39,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$50,680
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,870
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,660
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,280
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$45,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,090
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,910
Information
$43,970
Manufacturing
$43,690
Retail Trade
$43,600
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,740
Wholesale Trade
$42,070
Educational Services
$39,120

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 $21,970 to $57,840. The highest paying state for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $57,840. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,970. 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
Rhode Island
$57,840
Connecticut
$57,340
Massachusetts
$56,570
Alaska
$56,450
New Jersey
$55,710
Nevada
$54,690
California
$53,610
Maryland
$53,230
Washington
$53,180
Delaware
$52,880
Arizona
$52,620
District of Columbia
$52,610
Oregon
$50,770
Colorado
$50,040
New Hampshire
$49,330
Hawaii
$48,470
Illinois
$48,390
New Mexico
$48,170
Vermont
$47,860
New York
$47,610
Michigan
$47,570
Wyoming
$46,660
Pennsylvania
$46,400
Minnesota
$45,520
Texas
$45,400
North Dakota
$45,150
Utah
$44,940
Maine
$44,840
Wisconsin
$44,300
Virgin Islands
$43,630
North Carolina
$43,610
Florida
$43,380
Indiana
$43,010
Montana
$42,950
Kansas
$42,350
Virginia
$42,310
Ohio
$42,030
Nebraska
$41,870
Iowa
$41,720
Idaho
$41,290
Missouri
$41,100
Kentucky
$40,960
South Carolina
$40,410
Georgia
$40,330
Oklahoma
$39,660
Tennessee
$38,060
Louisiana
$37,890
Arkansas
$37,750
South Dakota
$37,600
Alabama
$36,890
Mississippi
$36,700
West Virginia
$35,470
Guam
$33,040
Puerto Rico
$21,970



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