LPN Salary – A 50 State Guide

If you’re thinking of becoming an LPN, you might be wondering about how much money LPNs make. This is an interesting question, and not something that’s easily answered. There are a variety of factors that come into play when looking at LPN salaries such as experience, geographical location, and many other things.

There’s no guarantee of any specific wages when looking at any type of profession, but there are some statistics that may give you a basic idea of what LPNs can potentially earn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the government organization in the U.S. that is responsible for keeping track of these statistics. Below, you’ll find a large amount of data that has been aggregated from the BLS and sorted by state to help people get an idea of what kind of money LPNs may be able to earn. It’s important to keep in mind that this BLS data is just a statistical estimate, and you could earn less than these figures; it’s also important to understand that regardless of any degree, certification, or school attended, there’s never any guarantee of employment anywhere.

Lastly, the BLS data is calculated based on full-time workers who work an average of 2,080 hours per year, or 40 hours per week. LPNs who work part time could be paid less as full time workers sometimes are paid higher wages. Keep reading to see some of the statistics aggregated from the BLS.

Median LPN Pay in the U.S.: $41,540 per year (2012)
Median LPN Hourly Rate in the U.S.: $19.97 per hour (2012)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics  – U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Below is a list of the mean (average) and median (middle) pay rates broken down by the hourly rate, and then by the annual wage. Again, these wages are based off of an employee who works 2,080 hours per year, which is considered full time.

LPN pay estimates calculated by national percentile (aggregated from BLS data as of May 2014)

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.21 $17.20 $20.43 $23.78 $28.22
Annual Wage (2,080 Hours) $31,640 $35,780 $42,490 $49,450 $58,710

The next table, aggregated from BLS data, shows the most common industries where LPNs are employed. Attached to the employment data are the hourly mean wage rates, the approximate number of employed LPNs, the percentage of those employed LPNs compared to the entire range of LPN employers, and also the annual mean wage based on 2080 hours.

Industry Employment Percent of
Industry Employment
Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Nursing Care Facilities 212,760 12.84% $21.39 $44,500
Hospitals 101,580 1.94% $20.35 $42,330
Physician’s Offices 91,870 3.74% $19.20 $39,930
Home Health Care Services 78,810 6.28% $21.81 $45,370
Assisted Living Facilities 46,400 5.53% $21.30 $44,310

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

LPN pay estimates by state (aggregated from BLS data as of May 2014):

State Median
(Hourly)
Mean
(Hourly)
Annual Mean
(2,080 Hours)
Source
Alaska $26.08 $26.14 $54,830 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#29-0000
Arizona $23.83 $24.40 $50,760 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_az.htm#29-0000
Arkansas $17.25 $17.33 $36,040 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#29-0000
California $24.86 $24.86 $51,700 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm#29-0000
Colorado $22.04 $22.49 $46,780 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm#29-0000
Connecticut $26.61 $26.53 $55,170 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ct.htm#29-0000
Delaware $22.74 $22.93 $47,000 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_de.htm#29-0000
Florida $19.77 $19.97 $41,540 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm#29-0000
Georgia $18.08 $18.28 $38,010 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm#29-0000
Hawaii $22.05 $22.36 $46,520 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_hi.htm#29-0000
Idaho $18.68 $18.96 $39,430 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm#29-0000
Illinois $21.44 $21.57 $44,870 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_il.htm#29-0000
Indiana $19.43 $19.51 $40,580 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_in.htm#29-0000
Iowa $18.31 $18.63 $38,750 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ia.htm#29-0000
Kansas $18.61 $18.97 $39,460 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ks.htm#29-0000
Kentucky $18.01 $18.31 $38,090 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ky.htm#29-0000
Louisiana $17.92 $18.18 $37,810 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_la.htm#29-0000
Maine $20.32 $20.07 $41,750 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_me.htm#29-0000
Maryland $24.05 $24.25 $50,440 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_md.htm#29-0000
Massachusetts $25.79 $25.88 $53,820 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ma.htm#29-0000
Michigan $21.27 $21.30 $44,310 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm#29-0000
Minnesota $20.08 $20.19 $42,000 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mn.htm#29-0000
Mississippi $17.19 $17.50 $36,400 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ms.htm#29-0000
Missouri $17.78 $18.10 $37,660 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mo.htm#29-0000
Montana $18.53 $18.64 $38,760 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mt.htm#29-0000
Nebraska $18.25 $18.63 $38,760 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ne.htm#29-0000
Nevada $25.21 $25.36 $52,760 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm#29-0000
New Hampshire $22.58 $22.88 $47,590 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nh.htm#29-0000
New Jersey $25.79 $25.46 $52,950 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nj.htm#29-0000
New Mexico $22.26 $22.29 $46,360 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nm.htm#29-0000
New York $21.66 $21.95 $46,660 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ny.htm#29-0000
North Carolina $20.13 $20.06 $41,730 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nc.htm#29-0000
North Dakota $19.08 $19.13 $39,790 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nd.htm#29-0000
Ohio $19.41 $19.61 $40,790 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_oh.htm#29-0000
Oklahoma $18.06 $18.42 $38,320 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ok.htm#29-0000
Oregon $23.20 $23.34 $48,550 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_or.htm#29-0000
Pennsylvania $20.74 $20.94 $43,550 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_pa.htm#29-0000
Rhode Island $25.78 $25.05 $52,110 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ri.htm#29-0000
South Carolina $18.75 $18.78 $39,070 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm#29-0000
South Dakota $16.81 $16.93 $35,210 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sd.htm#29-0000
Tennessee $17.31 $17.51 $36,420 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tn.htm#29-0000
Texas $21.13 $21.58 $44,880 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm#29-0000
Utah $20.49 $20.71 $43,080 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ut.htm#29-0000
Vermont $21.18 $21.36 $44,420 hwww.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_vt.htm#29-0000
Virginia $18.98 $19.47 $40,500 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_va.htm#29-0000
Washington $23.09 $23.66 $49,220 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wa.htm#29-0000
Washington D.C. $24.67 $25.33 $52,680 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_dc.htm#29-0000
West Virginia $16.58 $16.84 $35,020 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wv.htm#29-0000
Wisconsin $20.50 $20.59 $42,820 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wi.htm#29-0000
Wyoming $20.86 $20.82 $43,300 www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wy.htm#29-0000

 

As you can probably see, wage rates (both hourly and annual) vary quite a bit according to the geographical location where an LPN works. This may have to do with a variety of things such as the cost of living in that area, and also the demand of LPNs, as well as other factors. Again, it’s important to be mindful of the fact that wage rates listed here are just statistical estimates and aren’t guarantees of what a person will earn; they could earn more, and they could also earn less. There are a variety of factors that go into wage rates, but hopefully the information here paints a general picture of the statistical estimates for LPN wages across all 50 states.