As 2019 draws to a close, the pay for LVNs in California continues to rise. There's never been a better time to get into the nursing field!
As 2020 approaches, the annual salary for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California reaches record levels! Registered Nurses typically make more than Licensed Vocational Nurses, of course. And there are other allied healthcare professions that pay more than vocational nursing. However, the Vocational/Practical Nursing field continues to be very financially AND personally rewarding! There are more educational opportunities than ever before. Specialty certifications also help to ensure that vocational nursing remains a financially viable career.
The California Development Department's Occupational Outlook Handbook was last updated in 2019. It lists the average annual pay for LVNs in the state at an all-time high of $65,430. The actual pay varies based upon speciic nursing specialties, years of work experience, and location.
When it comes to salary, we always hear "Location, Location, Location"! Just like most other healthcare professions, your average salary as a California Vocational Nurse will largely depend on where you live. If you work in a hospital in a large city, you're more likely to recieve a higher salary. That doesn't mean that working in a smaller metropolitan area automatically means lower pay. Many smaller cities in California have a higher cost of living, which often translates into higher pay. As a general rule, nurses employed by hospitals will more likely be paid more than nurses who work in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities.
And just like most other jobs, the more experience, the better! You'll see your pay increase as you log in more time on the job.
Many Vocational Nurses, both those who are new nurses, as well as those with years of experience, decide to further their healthcare career by earning their license as a registered nurse. The majority of accredited LVN to RN programs in California can be completed in as little as 2 semesters. There are also many of us, however who focus on nursing certifications to increase our annual pay. What it all comes down to, really, is that there are MANY avenues available to you if you choose a nursing career. The time has never been better!
|Metro Area||Annual Salary||Hourly Rate||TOP 10% HOURLY|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan||$56,292||$30.07||$32.23|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA||$56,105||$29.97||$34.49|