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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 Highest Paying States for LPN/LVNs

State Salary (hourly)
1. Connecticut $24.39
2. Massachusetts $22.72
3. New Jersey $22.50
4. Maryland $21.89
5. District of Columbia  $21.85
6. Rhode Island $21.82
7. Delaware $21.20
8. California $21.19
9. Alaksa $20.76
10. Nevada $20.33

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    Old_School_Nurse

    over 3 years ago

    26 comments

    I have been an LPN for 30 years, on the same job for 25 years. I have seen amazing changes for LPN's. Unfortuneately, it is declining. The worst is the growing amount of lack of respect for the profession---THAT'S RIGHT, PROFFESSION!!! We went to school. We learned, and were trained in invasive procedures. We are professionals, REALLY. We are not treated as such most times and although we were not as thoroughly, detailed and intensely trained as RN's, We are iprofessionals. Most LPN's who have been in the field over 7-9 years and are knowledgeable, are even tasked to teach (precept, tutor, show how to perform, etc.) new hire RN's or new Grad RN's. What happens? 3-9 months later, they become your new sup. or worse, you become unemployed. Anyone noticed most of these new jobs and openings are mostly nursing homes / living centers/ retirement centers / rehab centers? Even if it is a 'hospital' job, it is not in the acute care setting (active med-surg wards), but the 'chronic' long or intermediate term or transitional care units of the hospital-basically the same as the 'centers' above. Sorry, I digress. Basically, LPN's are now being treated as 3rd class citizens in the field. And it does not look like it will be getting any better. Did you really go through all that education to stagnate in a chronic setting, or did you want some acute action in your professional life?

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    kathyf

    over 3 years ago

    14 comments

    Where are the LVN jobs in CA? They don't hire LVNs in the hospitals in the Bay Area anymore. Are nursing homes our only option anymore?!

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    kris1987

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been a LPN in Illinois for 30 years. The best pay is for Restorative nurses and MDS Coordinators. My last Restorative job paid $31.00/HR. These are primary "desk"jobs and once you get your feet in the door the sky is the limit.

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    cibe1967

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    By the way, I have been an active LPN in Orlando, FL for the last 7 years.

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    cibe1967

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    All I can say is get ready for a huge paycut and an increase in work. I'm looking to relocate myself. Any suggestions in terms of states?

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    martilpn

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    thinking of moving to florida ,currently lpn in upstate ny salary is decent but it's cold up here in past worked in nyc salary less amazing how salaries vary in the same state...............any comments about working in florida and would it be worth the change?????

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    wolfdancer

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a nurse for approx 20 years last 5 in Home health. Ready to return to LTC. Does anybody know of a good travel agency for LPNs

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    lpnprn26

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I live in Wisconsin and lpns make anywhere from 18-25 in nursing homes. I worked at a step down hospital and made 21.24, it was based on experience and that was being a nurse for 9 years, new grads would get 17.18. I do private duty and get payed from the state and that pay is 21.79(working with only one patient). I thnk pay is good here when you consider rent or mortgages is not bad, but there is nothing here but cold weather lol.

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    lpnprn26

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Lllllh

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    trueshanda

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    ok yall i currently live in harrisburg,pa i make 25 an hour but i hate it, i work in a nursing home its not my job that i hate, i hate this little backwards city, my goal is to move to atlanta,ga, can anyone tell me about atlanta????

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    nurselady513

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    For the person that asked about CIncinnati, the pay ranges from $16-$22. Depending on where you work. Over all there are mostly only nursing home positions here. The average pay for nursing homes is $19-$22. I agree with suthrngrl that Ohio sucks for LPN's. I am born and raised here and considering moving. The people you work with are backstabbers, they set you up to fail, and when you make a mistake they fire you, even if it's a minor mistake inorder to protect their own jobs. So many people are fired here it's unreal. Not sure where you live now but for the person that is considering moving here beware, if you can move somewhere else. I'm looking to move down south somewhere, maybe Charlotte. If I didn't have all my family here that helps me with my toddler and other child, I would have been gone!

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    Poohbear4life85

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Thanks...This is very helpful!

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    NurseLynz

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm an LVN in California. I'd love to say it's great being on this list, but I can't find a freaking job!

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    workingRN

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    As a former LPN of 11 years, I made decent money but had been working in the hospital for many years. I recognized the only way to increase my salary and employment opportunities was through education. I also knew that if cutbacks were to occur, it would be the LPN staff since RNs do more and are responsible for more. Plus, hiring nursing assistants is cheaper. Now medical technologists are on the scene and will only take jobs from LPNs, as well as, the NA. I am thankful I chose to move forward with my education. I have taken it in baby steps but fortunately I have succeeded in acquiring my ADN, then my BSN and am now working on my MSN. Don't think you are to old...everyone has to start somewhere and time is passing whether or not you choose to go back to school or not. Having a choice of where you will work is wonderful!

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    JzzE1

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Georgia needs to be in this list along with North Carolina!!!!

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