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The BLS reports the median salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is $41,540, which is an OK salary, but not a fantastic one compared to other health care jobs. While nursing care facilities and home health care services are the largest employers of LPNs and LVNs currently, they aren’t the top-paying industries. These types of nurses actually make better money working for junior colleges and insurance carriers. The five best-paying cities for LPNs and LVNs are all in California: San Francisco, Oakland, Salinas, Vallejo and San Jose.

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Average Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

The average salary for a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse is $42,400, which is respectable, but not fantastic compared to what other health care professionals earn. In 2012, registered nurses had an average salary of $67,930 and nurse practitioners had an average salary of $91,450. However, some nursing positions earn less, including nursing aides who made $25,420 and medical assistants who took home $30,550 in 2012.

Job Name Salary
Nurse Practitioner $89,960.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse $41,540.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Nursing Aide $24,420.00

Best Paying Cities for LPNs and LVNs

The highest paid in the licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Salinas, California. The Vallejo, California area also pays well, as does the city of San Jose, California.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $60,550 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse working in San Francisco is $60,550, which is $19,010 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, California

Average Salary: $59,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse working in Oakland, California is $59,540, which is $18,000 more than the average pay in the profession.

Salinas, California

Average Salary: $58,950 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse working in Salinas, California is $58,950, which is $17,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

Vallejo, California

Average Salary: $57,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse working in Vallejo, California is $57,850, which is $16,310 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, California

Average Salary: $57,820 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse working in San Jose, California is $57,820, which is $16,280 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Jada A. Graves.


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