LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse

LPN Career Guide - Education, Salary, Job Outlook and Reviews


Salary: 4 – Below average
Job Climate: 6 – Decent
Job Outlook: 8 – Very good
Work Life Balance: 7 Decent
Education: Minimal

The average annual wage for LPNs is $43,200. The bottom ten percent made less than $32,000 and highest ten percent earned over $59,500. Earning potential varies depending on industry and location.

LPN Salaries by Industry

Nursing Homes
Home Health Services
Physician Office

LPN Salaries by State

LPN Salary
LPN salaries are the highest on the West Coast and in the Northeast.

Highest Salary States for LPNs

$55,600 annually or $26.70 hourly
Rhode Island
$55,200 annually or $26.60 hourly
$54,400 annually or $26.20 hourly
$54,200 annually or $26.00 hourly
New Jersey
$53,300 annually or $25.60 hourly

Job openings are common due to the emotional and physical demands that this profession requires. Rural areas are more favorable for employment than major cities.

Only one out of five LPNs work part time. Licensed Practical Nurses work holidays, weekends and nights since medical care is needed around the clock. Shifts can also be longer than eight hours.

In order to become and LPN, nurses must complete a state approved program. These programs typically take one year to complete and are commonly offered in vocational schools and community colleges.

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