Median annual LPN salaries were about $42,500 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned earned an LPN salary of less than about $32,600 and the highest 10 percent earned a practical nurse salary of more than about $58,700.

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Licensed practical nurse salaries in industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation (May 2014) were:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 212,760 12.84 $21.39 $44,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 101,580 1.94 $20.35 $42,330
Offices of Physicians 91,870 3.74 $19.20 $39,930
Home Health Care Services 78,810 6.28 $21.81 $45,370
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,400 5.53 $21.30 $44,310

LPN pay in industries with the highest concentration of LPNs in May 2014 was:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 212,760 12.84 $21.39 $44,500
Home Health Care Services 78,810 6.28 $21.81 $45,370
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 46,400 5.53 $21.30 $44,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,850 3.89 $20.18 $41,970
Offices of Physicians 91,870 3.74 $19.20 $39,930

LPN wages for top paying industries for licensed practical nurses in May 2014 were:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $24.55 $51,050
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 260 0.03 $24.48 $50,910
Insurance Carriers 1,190 0.10 $24.23 $50,390
Employment Services 29,900 0.87 $22.22 $46,220
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $21.98 $45,720

Entry-level LPN salaries can range from about $28,000 to about $51,000 (according to Payscale.com). LPN salaries by state are shown below in a US Bureau of Labor Statistics map. 


Summarized from:
(1)   Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses,http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
(2)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,Occupational Employment Statistics,Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012 29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses,http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm
(3) Payscale.com
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