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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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    joedirt

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

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

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    nursercb

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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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    LPN1990

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with treebabyblues, what areas are these jobs in? I am an LVN in the state of Texas and as far as the Dallas area is concerned a lot of the hospital here are going all RN which pushes a LVN into longterm care, ambulatory care, or home health. Did you notice that Texas is not on that list.

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    LauraLPN

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I know that the state of florida does not pay well and does not really think LPN are Nurses. The RN get HIgh risk pay in the prison system but Lpn does not. They are not even getting the cost of living raises. LPN is around inmates over 75% most RN are not around them that much.

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    treebabyblues

    about 6 years ago

    14 comments

    Where are their jobs at? Acute care hospitals, nursing homes, or offices? It would be interesting to know what job actually is high paying and which is low paying... Also, what about the respect between RN's and LPN's. Are you treated as part of a team or as someone who has to prove that they can answer a phone.

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    susie7866

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    What a place to work in CT if you lived over the border in say NY the Adirondack area... lower cost of living... high wages.. or if they still bus people in for the shift work.... go for a weekend and only have to work 2 weekends a month and make as much as a month in another state... interesting thought don't you think?

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    nightnurse12

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I happen to know that Florida ranks right up there on the higher paying list. I'm not sure if it's just my area (East Central) or all of Florida. I've heard that Orlando area even pays better!

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    Jmcafee45

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Ct has great wages, but the cost of living is through the roof. I live in ct and it is not worth it...The costs definately out weigh the benefits

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    KatherineDavis

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Where does the State of Alabama rate?
    Thanks in advance for responding.

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