The salary of LVN will change depending on many factors, including skill sets, experiences, education and location (for example in hospitals, at homes or some individual institutions), etc. How much do LVNs make? Hopefully LVNsalary.org can help you find the answer.

Average LVN Nurse Salary: $47,540 per year

The salary for Vocational Nurse in the United States is $47,540 per annum, which is $2,240 higher than the U.S. national income. The LVN average salary is $3,962 per month, $914 per week and $22.86 per hour.

Vocational Nursing Salary Range

 
Minimum
Average
Maximum
LVN pay$35,500$47,540$67,000 (+)
U.S. national income$19,460$45,300$232,467 (+)

Careers

A research nurse LVN is one of the highest paying jobs in the country, with the average income sitting at $58,500 per year.

LVN
Hourly
Yearly
Research Nurse$28.12$58,500
Correction$24.24$50,420
Family Care$21.99$45,750
Home Health$18.99$39,500
Primecare Outpatient Clinic$18.94$39,400
LVN Wages

California and Texas

 
Hourly
Weekly
Monthly
Yearly
California $27.49$1,099$4,764$57,170
Texas $24.10$963$4,176$50,120

Top Paying Cities

 
Hourly
Weekly
Monthly
Yearly
San Francisco$32.00$1,280$5,546$66,550
Sacramento$29.05$1,161$5,035$60,420
Los Angeles$26.83$1,073$4,651$55,810
San Diego$26.27$1,051$4,553$54,640
Irvine$26.06$1.042$4,516$54,200
Dallas$25.15$1,006$4,359$52,310
Houston$25.07$1,003$4,345$52,140
San Antonio$23.38$935$4,052$48,620

Top 5 Industries

By working at college or for an insurance company, a nurse can make at least $54,000 a year.

Industry
Hourly
Annual
Junior Colleges, Community Colleges$26.83$55,820
Insurance Companies$26.22$54,550
Grantmaking and Giving Services$25.23$52,490
Scientific Research and Development Services$24.77$51,540
Lessors of Real Estate$24.24$50,420

States and Territories

Connecticut is the best paying state for LVNs, earning an average of $59,560 per year.

Area
Hourly Rate
Annual Income
Connecticut$28.63$59,560
Massachusetts$27.91$58,060
Washington DC$27.87$57,980
New Jersey$27.57$57,350
California$27.48$57,170
State

Metropolitan areas

“The City by the Bay” is the highest paying metro area for a nurse in California.

Metro Area
Hourly Rate
Yearly Income
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$32.01$66,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metro Division$31.49$65,500
Salinas, CA$31.17$64,850
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$30.74$63,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$30.50$63,450

Nonmetropolitan areas

Southeast Alaska and St. Mary’s County, Maryland, are two of the best non-metro areas based on annual salaries.

Non-Metro Area
Hourly
Yearly
Southeast Alaska$29.39$61,150
St. Mary's County, Maryland$29.06$60,450
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska$28.17$58,600
North Valley Region of California$27.81$57,850
Mother Lode Region of CA$27.11$56,400

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – BLS
Currency: United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD)

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