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Alaska LPN Salary, Wage Earnings, & Hourly Pay Scale


As of May 2013, Alaska employed 580 of the 738,400 licensed practical nurses working in the United States. According to the BLS, the average salary for LPNs in this state was $54,010 at the time when this data was collected. LPN salaries in Alaska ranged from under $40,560 to above $69,580. On average, salaries in this state are above the national average, though the cost of living is also much higher. The cost of living in Alaska is about 30 percent higher than the national average.

A majority of the LPNs in Alaska are employed in the Anchorage area. This metropolitan area employed 300 LPNs in 2013 at an average salary of $52,270 per year. Though this is higher than the national average, it is the lowest average salary in the state of Alaska. According to Forbes, the cost of living in Anchorage is about eight percent higher than the national average.

The Fairbanks area also employs a significant percentage of Alaska's LPNs. As of May 2013, 160 LPNs worked in this area. The average salary was the second lowest in the state at $53,990 per year. Salaries for this occupation ranged from below $43,620 to above $66,530 in Fairbanks. The area of this state with the highest average salary in 2013 was the Railbelt/Southwest Alaska Nonmetropolitan area, which employed only 80 LPNs. The average salary here was $59,240 per year, or $28.48 per hour. The ten percent of nurses with the lowest earnings made less than $40,840, and the ten percent with the highest earnings made over $85,970.

Resources

  • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/ak/anchorage/

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