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Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

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There is a projected need for 309,000 LPN and LVNs needed in the United States by 2016. LPN and LVNs are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a LPN and LVN based on starting salary and job openings.


10 Lowest Paying States for LPN/LVNs

State Salary (hourly)
1. North Dakota $15.41
2. Missouri $15.38
3. Louisiana $15.14
4. Montana $14.85
5. Arkansas $14.72
6. Oklahoma $14.49
7. South Dakota $14.37
8. Alabama $14.34
9. Mississippi $14.15
10. West Virginia  $14.15

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    Aikido

    9 months ago

    6 comments

    Last comment: While increases in minimum wages are being proposed in many states (ie 15/hr in Washington state) LPN/LVN pay is dropping. Work where you can until it levels off and then take a minimum wage job; less stress, far less risk and responsibility for the lives and safety of others, etc.
    I'm just saying....

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    Aikido

    9 months ago

    6 comments

    I had a job for about 5 years that I left last year. I looked for work in the bay area for nine months. The pay rates have dropped substantially since I was last hired. With years of varied experience I was told repeatedly that "we start LVNs at" then they stated a number that was UNDER 20 dol/hr. Even the ones who claimed that compensation was DOE paid very little in the way of real compensation.
    I was earning over 20/h over 20 years ago in the midwest when and where the cost of living was about half of what it is here and now.

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    Aikido

    9 months ago

    6 comments

    It doesn't "beg the question". You might say that it evokes or raises the question. Begging the question means that it involves a logical fallacy. It's a form of circular reasoning. Please don't confuse me into looking for an argument that isn't indicated.
    I agree that the question of where you should work is important.

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    Swalker1213

    9 months ago

    2 comments

    Well I live in Michigan & work in the suburb of West Bloomfield at a Rehab/Skilled Nursing facility, I have been a nurse for only 2 years now & I make $25/ hour on day shift with a $2/ hour shift differential after 3pm we work 12 hour shifts

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    JRG

    10 months ago

    2 comments

    An LPN can still find work, but our options and pay are diminishing. We live in a time when healthcare facilities are scrambling to save on costs, yet they're eliminating reasonable paying LPN jobs for higher paying RN's. I blame much of this on the RN Unions who have actively undermined the hard work LPN's have done, to secure higher wages and more jobs for their RN's to increase the Union coffers. It's sad, selfish, and doesn't even make sense from a financial standpoint. Yet the trend continues.

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    ladajowatts

    11 months ago

    2 comments

    I'm an LVN who lives in Orange County, California, I have been looking for an LVN job since January 2009, I have not found a job yet, everyone wants at least a year's experience. Any suggestions?

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    DHoward

    about 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I'm a recent LPN grad and I have been searching hard for the past 4 months for a job. I was working in the ER in our town, but as soon as I graduated the hospital stopped hiring LPN's within their system, so I have been without income for 4 months. I'm considering a move to another state because Springfield, OH has zero LPN positions available. I have applied to all of them...the employers are hiring RN's before LPN's.

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    mk2013

    about 1 year ago

    1156 comments

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    tissylynn69

    about 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I'm a new LVN and was just hired for night shift in a Northern California hospital at $26.35 including shift differential. My pay will automatically increase 5% on the anniversary of my hire date for the first 6 years. So decent jobs are out there. Don't give up hope!!!

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    Wadeedah2u

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    Please what ever you do, don't move to Georgia. My family relocated here from Florida in May 2013. The pay is ridiculous. At most of the facilities I have applied every LPN make the same no matter how much experience you have. I thought this was crazy. It is very hard finding work here. On top of that the pay is horrible. I still am unemployed to this day. So whatever you do don't move here if you are a nurse.

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    LVNurse7

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    yeah i think Connecticut and Massachusetts are the best for LPN/LVN, http://www.lvnsalary.org/ have a same research, i think it's quite accurate

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    jackfranks

    over 1 year ago

    4 comments

    please is there anyone out there with the truth

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    jackfranks

    over 1 year ago

    4 comments

    this list is a straight up lie or it needs to be updated from 1920 florida is the worst state to find a job in right now lpn or rn, and the pay and treatment sucks. everybody and there mother is anurse in florida and every week theres a large group of nurses garduating lpn and rn. so competition is very bad. and dont forget in miami if you dont speak spanish a newbie spanish speaker will get the job before an experience nurse would, its horrible looking and getting a job here, and its only going to get worse. alot of my friends have left and are leaving florida

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    Coco1969

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I have been a LVN In Southern Orange , County California for 13 years. At the beginning O was making 24.00 an hour nursinghome or hospital, but now an LVN can only get homehealth which is difficult because its family decision if you can keep your job. Eighteen dollars an hour if your are lucky. Lots of Politics too ,tough times.I would like to go back to be an RN for opportunities and fewer politics.

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    kyraa

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I am an unemployed LPN in Florida. I live in Jacksonville and its not that easy finding a job. Rn positions are more abundant. I'm not giving up though.

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