Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary in Tennessee

Licensed practical nurses in Tennessee earn an average of $43,620 per year (or $20.97 per hour).

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Tennessee licensed practical nurses earn 15% lower than the national average salary for LPNs, at $51,850 (or $24.93 per hour).

Licensed practical nurse salary range in Tennessee

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $50,270 $24
75th Percentile $47,670 $22
Median $45,970 $22
25th Percentile $37,330 $17

80% of Tennessee LPNs earn between $36,360 and $50,270.

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

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, Tennessee LPNs earn about $47,310 per year. Cost-of-living in Tennessee is 7% lower than the national average, meaning they face lower prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in Tennessee for licensed practical nurses

Nashville, TN $45,670 per year
Memphis, TN $45,540 per year
Chattanooga, TN $44,580 per year
Clarksville, TN $44,100 per year
Knoxville, TN $43,550 per year
Bristol, TN $41,910 per year
Cleveland, TN $41,400 per year
Jackson, TN $40,970 per year
Johnson City, TN $40,100 per year
Morristown, TN $39,770 per year

Tennessee nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where licensed practical nurses are paid the highest is Nashville, where the average LPNs salary is $45,670 and 6,170 licensed practical nurses are currently employed. The Memphis area comes in second, with a $45,540 average LPN salary and 3,280 licensed practical nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in Tennessee?

Nurse Anesthetist $176,020 per year
Nurse Practitioner $99,370 per year
Nurse Midwife $99,250 per year
Physical Therapist $89,960 per year
Dental Hygienist $68,770 per year
Registered Nurse $66,680 per year
Pharmacy Technician $34,850 per year

At a $43,620 average annual salary, LPNs in Tennessee tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($176,020), nurse practitioners ($99,370), nurse midwives ($99,250), physical therapists ($89,960), dental hygienists ($68,770), and registered nurses ($66,680). They tend to earn more than pharmacy technicians ($34,850).

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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