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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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    lipton

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i live in western newyork and make 18.71 an hr. i have been a nurse for 18 years. i live about a half hr away from buffalo...the nurses out there make perhaps a dollar more than me-while the nurses a half hr south of where i live make anywhere from 13 to 15 bucks an hr. i am responsible for all the care of 40 residents...i am exhausted...when will anyone realize what we are worth????

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    bella71

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    i was from florida and florida just doesnt pay very good at any kind of job!

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    bella71

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    i live in oklahoma and they say that the pay is higher????????????????????????????anyone knows?

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    80229duck

    almost 6 years ago

    70 comments

    Hi. all. I am in colorado I am a CNA and and starting the nursing program in the fall. I called up a temp place they said starting RN's are at 39.00 hour. I know that has nothing to do with anything here.

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    mstmb4u2c

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Not true about Virginia, you can make up to $20 at the nursing homes.

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    sneakywild

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    im a lpn currentyl working in a skilled nursing facility in kansas city mo. i've been a nurse for 5 years and i expect no less than $20.a hour . im currently receiving $21.50 at a new job i just started so the money is out there you have to demand and sell yourself to get what you want.!!!!!!!!

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    1CUTIE

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I am a LPN in Alabama and I don't have any friends that are working for the ridiculous pay that was quoted. I hope to be starting RN school in September but I'm doing very well. To date, I've already made $32, 000 this year. If I made the amount stated here, I would need public assistance. I get paid weekly and my checks on average are $1000......and that's after taxes.

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    joedirt

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Ohio's starting is around $18.00 to $20.00/hr. I think Pa. is about the same.

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    mashell4

    almost 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    Pa is never on these list for income. Anyone have any ideas what the starting salary would be?

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    DarciaMoonz

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I am currently an LPN in Connecticut, and yes the pay rate is good, but you won't see it because the cost of living is rediculous. I live in what my son refers to as "the hood" and I pay almost a $1000 for an apartment that is probably not worth it. The taxes are a bit ridiculous too. Even though working for an agency I get paid more (currently 28.00/hr), than working for facility, I am still struggling because the bulk of my pay goes to taxes. I am currently looking to move out of CT to a state where COL is more reasonable

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    charlita

    almost 6 years ago

    2976 comments

    I didn't see Virgiinia listed but I know $18.00/hr is the average rate here.

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    LPN2GO

    almost 6 years ago

    22 comments

    THIS IS ANOTHER REASON I BECAME A TRAVEL NURSE. I AM FROM OKLAHOMA

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    nursercb

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    where does georgia fall into the ranking w/ salary for nurses? both lpn and r.n.

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    travellinlpn

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Currently in Middle Missouri we pay $18.00 to $20.00 hourly for per diem agency in clinics. Not bad for M-F 8-5, especially when area acute care facilities pay $10-13 hourly.

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    snowangel6793

    almost 6 years ago

    12 comments

    WOW!!! Im in the Northwest Florida Panhandle area and the pay ranges from $15-19.00/hr. Most folks think that Lpns make alot of money, but that is so untrue. Alabama is even worse........one place wanted to only pay $8.86-12/hr. This was very interesting. I feel that we put our lives at risk everyday working with so many different infections and we are at such HIGH RISK and it is sad that we cant get paid more than that. The RN's probably make approximately 3-4 dollars an hour more if that give or take. Julie Lpn

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