The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $46,240 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,680, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,160.
In May 2018, the median annual wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Nursing and residential care facilities||47,470|
|Home healthcare services||46,510|
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||44,630|
|Offices of physicians||42,520|
Most licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (LPNs and LVNs) work full time. Many work nights, weekends, and holidays, because medical care takes place at all hours. They may be required to work shifts of longer than 8 hours.
Did You Know?: The ten largest healthcare occupations represent 5.5 percent of national employment.
Forty-two percent of employment in healthcare occupations are related to nursing, including nursing assistants. Employment for registered nurses was nearly 2.7 million in May 2014, making it one of the largest occupations in the nation. The annual average wage for nurses was nearly $70,000. The top 10 percent of nurses earned $98,880 per year or more. Among the ten largest healthcare occupations, the top paying was physicians and surgeons, all other, with annual average wages of $189,760.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics