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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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    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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    sneakywild

    about 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

    about 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

    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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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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