Licensed practical nurses in New York made an average of $42,280 per year as of 2009, according to the New York State Department of Labor. LPNs who were new to the field made an average of $32,330 each year, while those with the most experience received an average of $47,260 annually. The salary of an LPN in New York differed widely among the state's 10 primary regions.
The top three highest-paying areas for LPNs to work in New York were all in the southeastern area of the state as of 2009, explains the New York State Department of Labor. Those working in New York City earned the highest at an average of $48,660 per year. On Long Island, licensed practical nurses earned an average of $47,430 annually. Those employed in the Hudson Valley region received an average of $46,250 per year. This region include the major cities of Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middleton and Kingston.
North and East
LPNs in the Capital District of New York enjoyed the highest average annual salaries of those working outside of the southeastern portion of the state as of 2009, explains the New York State Department of Labor. Salaries for LPNs in the region that includes Albany, Schenectady and Troy made an average of $39,480 annually. In New York's North Country region, LPNs received the lowest average annual wages statewide at $33,460. Major cities in the region include Ogdensburg, Massena and Plattsburgh.
At $35,540 per year, salaries for LPNs working in the Syracuse area and its surrounding counties earned the highest average rates of pay of those in New York's three central regions as of May 2009, reports the New York State Department of Labor. In the Mohawk Valley area and the cities of Utica and Rome, salaries for LPNs averaged $34,740 per year. In the southern central region area and cities like Binghamton and Elmira, LPNs earned an average of $34,640 annually, the second-lowest wages statewide.
Practical nurses working in the Finger Lakes Region, including the city of Rochester, earned an average of $37,540 per year as of 2009, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Entry-level wages in the region averaged $30,850 per year, while the yearly mean rate for experienced wages was $40,880. In Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the surrounding counties in western New York, LPNs received salaries that averaged $36,080 annually. Wages ranged from annual average starting salaries of $29,870 to experienced annual average wages of $39,190.