Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary in San Diego

Licensed practical nurses in San Diego earn an average of $63,620 per year (or $30.59 per hour).

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San Diego, CA
22% higher than the national average
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San Diego licensed practical nurses earn 22% higher than the national average salary for LPNs, at $51,850 (or $24.93 per hour).

Licensed practical nurse salary range in San Diego, CA

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $77,810 $37
75th Percentile $74,250 $35
Median $61,680 $29
25th Percentile $58,130 $27

80% of San Diego LPNs earn between $48,160 and $77,810.

Cost-of-living adjusted licensed practical nurse salary in San Diego

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, San Diego LPNs earn about $56,102 per year. Cost-of-living in San Diego is 13% 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
San Francisco, CA $75,410 per year
Santa Rosa, CA $71,180 per year
Fairfield, CA $70,720 per year
San Luis Obispo, CA $68,940 per year
Watsonville, CA $66,800 per year
Roseville, CA $66,090 per year
Corcoran, 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 San Diego, CA?

Nurse Practitioner $130,240 per year
Registered Nurse $113,150 per year
Physical Therapist $104,360 per year
Dental Hygienist $102,810 per year
Nurse Midwife $96,650 per year
Pharmacy Technician $48,960 per year

At a $63,620 average annual salary, LPNs in San Diego tend to earn less than nurse practitioners ($130,240), registered nurses ($113,150), physical therapists ($104,360), dental hygienists ($102,810), and nurse midwives ($96,650). They tend to earn more than pharmacy technicians ($48,960).

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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