Salaries of LPNs

In general, the more education a person receives, the more money he or she is likely to earn over a lifetime. This is no less true in nursing. LPN’s are college-educated workers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an LPN in the US is $39,030. Earnings range from as low as $28,260 to as high as $53,580. Nursing care facilities hire the most LPNs across the nation, followed by medical or surgical hospitals and physician offices. Median salary figures mean that for that given salary, 50 percent earn below that figure and 50 percent earn above that figure.

Highest wages with the most employment for LPNs were at nursing care facilities which had a mean wage of $42,320, followed closely by medical facilities which have a mean wage of $39,980. Employment services had the highest wage overall at $46,190, but only had about 37,000 employed. Mean wage is where the number of salaries for that position in that industry have been summed and divided by the number of salaries to get an estimate on what an LPN will likely make in that industry. Annual salary figures were determined by multiplying the mean wage by the standard annual full time hours of 2,080.

Tennessee, Louisiana, and Oklahoma hire the most LPNs with wages ranging from about $16.00 to $18.00 an hour. Metropolitan areas that hired the most during a recent survey LPNs were Abilene, Texas and Victoria, Texas. Metropolitan areas with the highest wages were mostly in California with wages at $55,000 and above.

Pay also increases as an LPN gets more experience. According to, LPNs in the first year should make between $27,965 to $39,278. At the ten year experience mark, pay should rise to $32,284 to $47,143. By the twentieth year of experience LPNs are earn between $34,545 and $47,657. It is a good practice to keep informed of what the salary is in your area. Due to the severe nurse shortage in America, these wages are expected to keep rising for the foreseeable future.

Before accepting an LPN job, a job seeker needs to consider the benefits offered. According to the National Institutes of Health, most firms offer LPNs who work twenty or more hours a week full health and retirement packages. Packages should be similar to other college-educated workers and include a wide range of benefits and choices.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013