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CO LPN Salary, Wage Earnings, & Hourly Pay Scale


As of 2013, it was reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the state of Colorado employed 5,750 licensed practical nurses. At the time, the average salary for this occupation was $45,370 per year. This equates to $21.81 per hour. This is above the national average of $41,540 per year or 19.97 per hour. The cost of living in Colorado is marginally below the national average, so this might be a good state for LPNs.

The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area employs the largest percentage of Colorado LPNs. In 2013, this area employed 2,760 LPNs. This area also has the highest average salary in the state for this occupation. At the time when this data was collected, the average salary for LPNs here was $47,610. LPNs with salaries in the tenth percentile earned $36,840 or less, and those in the 90th percentile made $59,110 or more. Though LPNs are paid more, on average, the cost of living in this area is 5 percent higher than the national average.

In terms of Colorado metropolitan areas, Grand Junction had the lowest average salary in 2013. LPNs in this area made an average of $41,500 per year, or $19.95 per hour. This area employed 220 LPNs. The cost of living in this area is 7.6 below the national average, making up for the lower salaries. The Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area had the lowest overall average salary for this occupation. This area employed 340 LPNs at an average salary of $40,330. This area encompasses 23 Colorado counties, including the cities of Burlington, Trinidad, and Alamosa.

Resources

  • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/co/denver/
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/co/grand-junction/
  • http://www.ezilon.com/maps/united-states/colorado-counties-and-road-maps.html
  • http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/msa_def.htm

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