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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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    Esha

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    hi i live in california. i am a RN i finished it in 2007 december still i dont have any job whereever i go they are asking for experience as a new grad it is very hard to start a job in california. lot of compitition. still looking for a job. if anybody have any thoughts please let me know .

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    rebelrose

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    It has taken 28 yrs. to reach the grand salary of $20.25 as LPN in LTC. OVERWORKED AND UNDER PAID. Still love the profession, job leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. South Carolina was probably #11 on the worst paying states. The state is always near the bottom of every negative list, no matter what.

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    dstavala

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a LPN in the State of New York. The highest I have made is$30.00/hourin New York City. I notice New York did not make the list of10 Highest Paying States for LPN's. Donna

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    blackmon44

    over 5 years ago

    54 comments

    For those who are CNA's interested in being an LVN they have a test you can take called the METHOD3 but it's only in the state of California. has anyone heard anything here on the nursing link about this?

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    BossAntMan27909

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a LPN/LVN in North Carolina and Grab roughly $18-$19/hr at a LTC facility. The atmosphere is pleasant and hours plentiful. I am also 1 of 2 male nurses onsite

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    CA619SD

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in California and I have been an LVN for 6 months and I currently work in a skilled nursing facility making $23/hr but I here from former classmates that on average most places are starting new grads at $18/hr.

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    whitefang

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    im a lvn in texas and i do not make what the pay is in west virginia. makes me want to leave this place have been here 5 yrs and still not making the lowest states salary..

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    indy_cee

    about 6 years ago

    14 comments

    I am so sick of Mississippi, it comes in last place in almost everything good. But will be the first in all things BAD so sad MS!!!

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    mommie1026

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    well...i currently work in illinois(chicago area) i currently make $20.50/hr. and that is low for chicago area. i work in a rehab/nursing center with about 30-35 patients. med pass is about 1.5hr
    on da skilled floor. the work is not hard so i guessthe pay is not bad.but i know i can make much more. with doubles and fulltime my net is about $1700 bi weekly.

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    clintcain

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Oklahoma and have worked in several different nursing homes and know of a few hospital's starting pay has ranged from: 14.25 an hour to 17 an hour for charge nurse in nursing homes and 13 to 17 an hour at hospitals, and 10 to 15 an hour at assisted living and dr. offices

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    lipton

    about 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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

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

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    80229duck

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

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

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