Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, work with registered nurses and doctors to provide basic care to patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and residential care facilities. LPNs dress wounds, take vital signs, give medication to patients and perform simple diagnostic tests. LPNs in Kentucky and across the country must complete a training program, which typically lasts one year.
As of 2010, the average salary for a LPN in Kentucky was $17.57 an hour, or $36,550 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lower salary range, which is where a beginning LPN would start, was between $13.38 and $15.36 an hour, or between $27,840 and $31,950 a year.
Beginning salaries for LPNs fluctuated across the state of Kentucky. They were the highest in the areas closest to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2010, where beginning LPNs earned between $15.85 and $17.68 an hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They were also high in Lexington and Fayette, where the averages were between $15.08 and $16.60 an hour.
The Kentucky town of Bowling Green had the lowest starting averages for LPN in the state in 2010. The typical beginning salary was between $12.63 and $14.02 an hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The western, non-metropolitan area of Kentucky had starting LPN averages only slightly higher at between $12.64 and $14.56 an hour.
National Average Comparison
In 2010, the national average income for an LPN was $19.88 an hour, or $41,360 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Beginning salaries averaged between $14.27 and $16.47 an hour, or between $29,680 and $34,260 a year.