Guide to LPN Salary

LPN SalaryWebsites that cover salaries of careers like salary.com states that the median LPN salary was $41,802 in 2012. That salary varies from state to state according to factors that we explain below.

This salary is higher than the national average for non degree careers. That is just another wonderful reason why we do what we do at OnlineLPN.net.

LPN Salary Factors

It does matter which LPN Program you attend, but, just not on the level that is does for other careers. But there are multiple variables that determine what you could potentially earn as an LPN. Below we cover the individual factors.

Where you Live

See where your state ranks versus other states in LPN salary.

LPN Salary by State

StateAverage LPN Salary
Alabama$40,000
Alaska$36,000
Arizona$38,000
Arkansas$43,000
California$47,000
Colorado$38,000
Connecticut$47,000
Delaware$40,000
Florida$41,000
Georgia$47,000
Hawaii$31,000
Idaho$36,000
Illinois$45,000
Indiana$43,000
Iowa$40,000
Kansas$39,000
Kentucky$38,000
Louisiana$36,000
Maine$38,000
Maryland$43,000
Massachusetts$49,000
Michigan$42,000
Minnesota$39,000
Mississippi$50,000
Missouri$43,000
Montana$44,000
Nebraska$35,000
Nevada$40,000
New Hampshire$42,000
New Jersey$46,000
New Mexico$39,000
New York$51,000
North Carolina$43,000
North Dakota$41,000
Ohio$41,000
Oklahoma$39,000
Oregon$41,000
Pennsylvania$38,000
Rhode Island$43,000
South Carolina$39,000
South Dakota$34,000
Tennessee$41,000
Texas$41,000
Utah$38,000
Vermont$40,000
Virginia$43,000
Washington$41,000
Washington DC$49,000
West Virginia$43,000
Wisconsin$38,000
Wyoming$40,000

Work Experience

Work experience plays a major role in your pay. See our chart below:

Experience Median Annual Salary
Less than 1 Year $31,640
1-4 Years $34,700
5-9 Years $37,040
10-19 Years $38,960
20 Years+ $40,340


Specialized Certifications

Practical Nurse SalaryGetting extra certifications is always a great idea for your career growth. You gain confidence, responsibilities on the job and garner more earning power for your career all in one shot.

Below is a list of some of the certifications available to practical nurses and how much they can make you in real dollars.

  • (BLS) Basic Life Support
  • (CPR) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • (ACLS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • (BCLS) Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Salary Increase by LPN Certification

    Certification Pct. Increase in Salary
    CPR 3.14
    BLS 4.44
    BCLS 5.62
    ACLS 3.76
    PALS 3.74


    Employer Type

    Practical Nursing SalaryWhat type of employer you work for matters. A lot. Be it a hospital or healthcare center we detail what the earnings are with our table listed below:

    Licensed practical nurses that are employed at hospitals, health centers and other facilities earn differing amounts for salary.

    LPN/LVN Salary by Employer Type

    Type of Employer Avg. Hourly Wage
    Home Care $23
    Correctional Facility $22
    Veteran’s Services $21
    General Hospital $19


    Salary Outlook

    bls.gov states that the healthcare industry is going to grow 25% over the next decade. As far as LPNs and LVNs are concerned, this is well above the national average in healthcare.

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