Registered Nurse (RN) VS (LPN) Salary

RN vs. LPN Salary

RN’s make more money than LPN’s. See the below salary table outlining the increase in pay from an LPN vs RN position by state.

RN and LPN salaries can vary greatly from state to state. This depends mostly on cost of living and demand. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median salary for a RN is about $66,500 while the average median salary for an LPN is about $42,500.

RN VS LPN Salary

State

LPN Annual Salary

RN Annual Salary

Percent Increase

Alabama 35,570 56,470 58.80%
Alaska 54,380 85,740 57.70%
Arizona 50,760 71,300 40.50%
Arkansas 36,040 56,480 56.70%
California 51,700 98,400 90.30%
Colorado 46,780 69,600 48.80%
Connecticut 55,170 76,370 38.40%
Delaware 47,700 70,160 47.10%
Columbia 52,680 80,040 51.90%
Florida 41,540 62,720 51.00%
Georgia 38,010 62,350 64.00%
Hawaii 46,520 88,230 89.70%
Idaho 39,430 60,320 53.00%
Illinois 44,870 68,030 51.60%
Indiana 40,580 58,900 45.10%
Iowa 38,750 54,020 39.40%
Kansas 39,460 56,800 43.90%
Kentucky 38,090 57,980 52.20%
Louisiana 37,810 60,230 59.30%
Maine 41,750 63,320 51.70%
Maryland 50,440 72,210 43.20%
Massachusetts 53,820 85,770 59.40%
Michigan 44,310 67,180 51.60%
Minnesota 42,000 71,450 70.10%
Mississippi 36,400 56,560 55.40%
Missouri 37,660 58,040 54.10%
Montana 38,760 61,810 59.50%
Nebraska 38,760 57,550 48.50%
Nevada 52,760 80,240 52.10%
New Hampshire 47,590 65,790 38.20%
New Jersey 52,950 78,330 47.90%
New Mexico 46,360 65,790 41.90%
New York 45,660 77,110 68.90%
North Carolina 41,730 60,030 43.90%

RN and LPN salaries vary by experience and area of specialization. Generally, the more years of experience a nurse gains the more he or she will get paid. Critical care specialties such as the intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department (ED), labor and delivery (L & D), and the operating room (OR) are highly paid specialties in nursing. Generally, more positions are available to RNs in these areas than LPNs.

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