The employment of nurses in the United States is expected to grow by over 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 for both licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary average for those nurses in Texas depends on their certification and job title, as well as the type of employer.
Registered nurses tend to earn higher overall salaries than licensed practical nurses, as they are required to complete more schooling and generally hold more responsibilities. RNs in Texas earn an average salary of $64,670, which is just below the national average of $66,530. LPNs in Texas earn a mean annual wage of $40,710, also barely below the national average of $40,900.
Texas is home to three of the top five metropolitan areas in the country with the highest concentration of licensed practical nurses. The first is the Sherman-Denison area, which pays a mean annual wage of $41,460. After Lawton, Okla., which pays an average of $31,820, Victoria and Abilene, Texas follow with annual mean wages of $34,350 and $35,600, respectively. The highest paying state for LPNs is Connecticut, with an average annual salary of $52,300, and California pays RNs the highest, with an average salary of $85,080.
Type of Employer
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that around 60 percent of registered nurses work in hospitals for an annual mean wage of $67,740, while those in the offices of physicians earn about the same at $67,290 a year. The industry of medical equipment and supplies manufacturing is the highest-paying for RNs at $77,870 annually. While LPNs can also be found at hospitals, earning an average salary of $39,980, they are more frequently found in nursing care facilities, an industry that pays an annual mean wage of $42,320. The highest-paying industry for LPNs is that of employment services, where they earn an average annual salary of $46,190.
By earning an associate's or bachelor's degree in the field of nursing or completing an LPN to RN training program, licensed practical nurses can go on to become registered nurses. In some settings, such as nursing homes, LPNs may also have the opportunity to advance to positions such as "charge nurse," or they may specialize in specific areas such as gerontology or pharmacology in order to earn a higher income. Registered nurses can also advance to senior-level administrative roles such as chief of nursing, or they may become a type of advanced-practice nurse, bringing in a higher salary.
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