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How Much Money Do Licensed Practical Nurses Make?

The salary of licensed practical nurses varies from state to state, as well as between areas within a state. The facility in which the nurse is working also affects the amount the LPN will make. The United States Department of Labor Statistics estimated the salaries of various LPN jobs in May of 2010. You can get an idea of how much you might make as an LPN from these numbers.

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At that time, the median annual pay of LPNs was $40,380. At the bottom, the lowest 10% made less than $29,680 and the top 10% made more than $56,010. Looking at the industries in which the most LPNs worked, the median income for those working for an employment service was $42,040. The median pay for LPNs working in nursing care facilities was $43,090. For those in home health care services, it was $43,160. LPNs working in hospitals doing general medical/surgical nursing had a median annual income of $41,060, and those working in physicians’ offices had a median income of $38,440 a year.

LPNs who supervise clinical aides in nursing homes make significantly more than those working in the hospital.

Another way of looking at how much LPNs can earn is geographical. The top four paying states (and one district) in 2010, from fifth to first respectively were California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Connecticut. The mean annual wage in Connecticut was $53,010.

The top five metropolitan areas in terms of annual wages for LPNs were, from fifth to first respectively, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California; Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California; Salinas, California; and San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California. The top mean annual wage was $61,230.

One factor which increases the pay for LPNs is supervisorial duties. LPNs who supervise clinical aides in nursing homes make significantly more than those working in the hospital. If you are willing to work in a nursing home, there is room for advancement. That possibility is not available to LPNs working in the hospital.

You can also expect to make more money if you can add to your clinical skills. If you pursue an LPN certificate allowing you to start and maintain intravenous lines, for example, you will make more money. If you go back to school to become an RN, your wages will eventually be significantly higher.

The best way to get more specific numbers for your area is to look at the employment section of the newspaper or at job boards online, checking your area. You can also get information from the school you attend.

If you are willing to consider all the different areas of nursing, you can get a job more easily as well as a job that pays more. The same is true if you are willing to look both at exactly where you live as well as outlying areas.

LPNs can receive fair compensation for their work. Some go on to become RNs after gaining professional experience.

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