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Georgia LPN Salary, Wage Earnings, & Hourly Pay Scale


According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Georgia employed 24,350 licensed practical nurses in 2013. At that time, the average LPN salary in this state was $37,330 per year, or $17.95 per hour. LPN salaries in Georgia ranged from below $27,280 to above $47,250, with a median annual salary of $36,830. These figures are below the national average, but it also costs less to live in Georgia than in many other states. The cost of living in this state is, on average, about seven percent below the national average for the United States.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area employs the largest number of Georgia LPNs with the highest average salary in the state. At the time when the BLS data was collected, 9,860 LPNs worked in this area at an average salary of $39,560 per year. This is higher than average in Georgia for this occupation but lower than the national average. The cost of living in this area is 1.6 percent below the national average, according to Forbes, with a median home price of $101,300.

The Georgia metropolitan area with the lowest average LPN salary in 2013 was Valdosta. In this city, LPNs made an average of $33,790. Those in the tenth percentile made $26,010 or less, and those in the 25th percentile made $29,950 or less. The median annual salary was $33,880. Those in the 75th percentile earned $37,250 or more, and those in the 90th percentile earned at least $41,240. The cost of living in Valdosta is about ten percent below the national average.

The area with the lowest average salary in the state overall was the South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, which is made up of 30 counties. This area had an average salary of $32,050 for LPNs in 2013. At the time when this data was collected, 2,200 LPNs worked here.

Resources

  • http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/index.stm
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/ga/atlanta/
  • http://www.forbes.com/places/ga/valdosta/
  • http://www.bls.gov/current/msa_def.htm#1300004

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