Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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October 30, 2016

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Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Job Description

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Salary Statistics as of 2015

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Average annual salary for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is $40970 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $54163. The lowest salary reported was $30607. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Median hourly wage for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is $20.37 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $26.93. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $15.22. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Bonuses for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with under 1 year of experience.

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These are the highest paying states for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
Arizona – n/a
California – $28,145 – $58,095
Oklahoma – n/a
Texas – $24,251 – $51,246
Virginia – n/a

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These are the highest paying cities for a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
Houston, Texas –
Los Angeles, California –
San Antonio, Texas –
Dallas, Texas –
San Diego, California –
Austin, Texas –
Fort Worth, Texas –

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This chart outlines the average annual salary of a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $40970 while in 2007 it was just $37994.86

Work Enviornment

Licensed Vocational Nurses have the option of becoming a self employed traveling nurse or actually working for a home health agency. They can expect to work odd hours and this will sometimes include holidays, nights or weekends. But, if you work these kinds of hours you can expect your LVN salary to be higher. Most travel nurses have an increase in pay because you are traveling, but you will also be able to have great benefits, and also have college tuition reimbursed if you are interested in furthering your education.

No matter where you decide to work rather it is traveling, or in a hospital or nursing home the job is basically the same. You will be offering basic care for people who are not always cooperative. You will help them in and out of bed, perform routine vital signs checks including blood pressure, height, weight and pulse. You will also give shots and assist patients in bathing and personal hygiene. You will also help feed patients who need assistance in eating and also perform routine lab tests. There are many other ways you will help, and you must have a love and compassion for helping people. A positive aspect of this career path is that all specialties use LVN’s. So you will have the opportunity to work in any area of healthcare, which opens up the possibility finding a job.

How To Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

The job description of LVN’s is to care for the sick, disabled or injured people under the direction of registered nurses and physicians. They are extremely similar to LPN’s since they both have the same education requirements and can be hired for the same positions. The education requirements is that they must be a high school graduate or have their GED, they also must undergo a criminal background check, and complete one year of college. The college classes will offer them hands on training with real patients in a hospital setting. After all education requirements are met they must then pass the National Council Licensure Examination also called the NCLEX-PN. After becoming licensed they typically will work a normal forty hour work week at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or schools.

Job Outlook

The employment opportunities for LVNs is expected to grow over twenty percent by the year 2018, so if the LVN salary and the job requirements is something that you think you may be interested in you may want to consider this as a possible long term career .

Gender Statistics

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87%

Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 13% of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)s were males while 87% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
$17,348 – $31,296
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
$27,074 – $50,500
Charge Nurse (LVN)
$35,061 – $61,512

Future Jobs

Registered Nurse (RN)
$40,369 – $78,580
Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Room
$43,176 – $87,565
Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
$26,116 – $52,795


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