According to Salary.com surveys, the typical industry-wide salary range for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is roughly $31,496 to $43,323 annually. Exact nursing salaries will depend on a variety of factors, including years on the job and geographic location.
For example, LPNs in the Boston, Massachusetts area can expect to earn salaries between $35,483 and $48,848 – a top end that’s more than $5000 higher than the national average.
At the same time, LPNs employed in Yamhill, Oregon can expect to earn roughly the national average of $31,000 to start, with a range up to more than $45,000 annually.
An LPN works with registered nurses (RNs) and medical doctors to care for patients of all ages. An LPN provides routine care, including checking temperature and blood pressure; helps patients perform routine activities, such as eating, bathing, and dressing; and, in certain states, administers medication.
Vocational schools and community colleges offer LPN programs, which usually take about a year to complete. LPN students take classes in medications and in physiology and anatomy, and they gain experience in a clinical setting. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate or diploma in practical nursing; they then sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN). Throughout their careers, LPNs must renew their license through continuing education courses.
Learning about LPN salary ranges in your area can be easier than you may expect. Check local job listings in newspapers and websites, and contact employers who are hiring for LPNs. Many will be willing to share information about how much new nurses can expect to earn.