LPN or Licensed Practical Nurse is a term commonly used in US as well as in some of the Canadian provinces.
‘Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses.’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor defines LPN as – ‘a nurse who cares for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of registered nurses and physicians.’
Get details about how much an LPN nurse can earn in terms of salaries and benefits.

LPN Nurse Salary and Benefits

Licensed Practical Nurses are paid quite handsomely with their median salary in US being $41,647. The range heads upward with growing experience in the profession:

Experience Annual Average Salary
Less than a year $21062 – $48931
1-4 years $24079 – $47188
5-9 years $25164 – $52648
10-19 years $27347 – $56718
20 years and more $27313 – $57239

The difference in the cost of living in different cities results in various average annual salaries for the LPN nurses. Here is how these stand:

Cities Annual Average Salaries
Chicago Illinois $28033 – $61828
Tulsa Oklahoma $29900 – $52438
Atlanta Georgia $24438 – $48543
Boston Massachusetts $23718 – $56321
New York New York $29696 – $59617
Phoenix Arizona $29233 – $59807
Philadelphia Pennsylvania $18400 – $55000

The different degrees/qualifications attained by the nurses play a crucial role in determining their average salaries in their profession. Here is how the salary variations based on their certifications stand:

Degrees Annual Average Salaries
Basic Life Support (BLS) $24831 – $49399
Hospital $12.84 – $22.19
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) $33000 – $57325
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) $25275 – $50868
Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) $23315 – $53262
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) $24301 – $50468
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) $25939 – $57945
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) $28118 – $56765
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic $29020 – $59180

If you are aiming to etch out a career in this profession then it is always advisable to consult the current hourly pay of the LPN nurses before negotiating with you recruiter. The average hourly rate, including overtime is $28,009 – $50,521

LPN Nurses’ Hourly Pay by Industry

Industry Hourly Rate
Nursing Home $14.47 – $23.54
Hospital $12.84 – $22.19
Healthcare $13.23 – $23.27
Health Clinic $12.98 – $21.98
Family Medicine $12.78 – $20.43
Long-term Care / Rehabilitation $14.82 – $23.95

LPN Nurses’ Hourly Pay by Popular Companies

Companies Hourly Rate
Life Care Centers of America $14.05 – $25.75
Kindred Healthcare $15.52 – $23.76
DaVita Inc. $13.49 – $22.60
Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. $15.76 – $22.20

Benefits:

The LPN nurses are assigned with the responsible and tedious job of looking after critical patients. Their service to the society is duly rewarded by the comprehensive benefits usually enjoyed by them:

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flex-time
  • Certification Reimbursement

*Salaries and benefits are subject to change without prior notice. Additionally benefits may vary, depending on a host of factors like company, industry, profile etc. If you are too keen on getting the right kind of benefits, please make sure to find out about the same from your recruiter.

Duties of LPN nurses

  • Making sure that the safety, health and comfort of patients are properly looked after
  • Managing nurse care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse

Education required

  • High School Diploma
  • Licensed Practical Nurse certification