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Salary for a Nurse in Louisiana - LA

Louisiana has the highest concentration of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) of any state in the nation, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In May 2009, per the BLS, there were 19,950 practicing LPNs in Louisiana, making an average annual salary of $37,390. There were more Registered Nurses (RNs) licensed to practice in the state, according to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, which cites that number at 54,366. These RNs in Louisiana made an average yearly income of $60,290, per the BLS. Wages for LPNs are usually lower than those of RNs, due to the increased years of education and greater job responsibilities required by RNs.

Wages also tend to differ for both RNs and LPNs depending upon the metropolitan, suburban or rural area of Louisiana in which they practice. For example, indeed.com lists average salary figures for nurses working in the following areas in Louisiana:

Louisiana City LPN Salary RN Salary
Shreveport, LA $32,000 $50,000
Baton Rouge, LA $37,000 $57,000
New Orleans, LA $38,000 $58,000
Metairie, LA $38,000 $58,000
Lafayette, LA $29,000 $45,000
Slidell, LA $38,000 $59,000

Particularly if a student plans to work in one of the lesser-paying areas for nurses in Louisiana, he or she might want to consider becoming a full-fledged RN as soon as possible. Salaries for RNs tend to run $20,000 per year higher than the average LPN salary in Louisiana.

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