Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary in California

Licensed practical nurses in California earn an average of $65,140 per year (or $31.32 per hour).

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25% higher than the national average
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California licensed practical nurses earn 25% higher than the national average salary for LPNs, at $51,850 (or $24.93 per hour).

Licensed practical nurse salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $79,380 $38
75th Percentile $75,380 $36
Median $61,600 $29
25th Percentile $58,340 $28

80% of California LPNs earn between $47,750 and $79,380.

Cost-of-living adjusted licensed practical nurse salary in California

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, California LPNs earn about $59,003 per year. Cost-of-living in California is 10% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in California for licensed practical nurses

Napa, CA $76,890 per year
San Jose, CA $75,880 per year
Hayward, CA $75,410 per year
Santa Rosa, CA $71,180 per year
Vallejo, CA $70,720 per year
Arroyo Grande, CA $68,940 per year
Watsonville, CA $66,800 per year
Sacramento, CA $66,090 per year
Hanford, CA $64,640 per year
Yuba City, CA $64,020 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where licensed practical nurses are paid the highest is Napa, where the average LPNs salary is $76,890 and 340 licensed practical nurses are currently employed. The San Jose area comes in second, with a $75,880 average LPN salary and 2,680 licensed practical nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in California?

Nurse Anesthetist $232,540 per year
Nurse Midwife $159,590 per year
Nurse Practitioner $151,830 per year
Registered Nurse $124,000 per year
Dental Hygienist $109,970 per year
Physical Therapist $104,500 per year
Pharmacy Technician $49,990 per year

At a $65,140 average annual salary, LPNs in California tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($232,540), nurse midwives ($159,590), nurse practitioners ($151,830), registered nurses ($124,000), dental hygienists ($109,970), and physical therapists ($104,500). They tend to earn more than pharmacy technicians ($49,990).

More about licensed practical nurses

Licensed practical nurses (also known as licensed vocational nurses) are licensed nurses who work with patients in all kinds of settings. They work under the supervision of a doctor, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse. This is an entry-level position within nursing. LPN duties depend on the setting in which they work. Some of their general responsibilities include taking vital signs, providing immunizations, wound care, and emotional support.

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