While most military nurses are registered nurses, according to NurseGroups, LPNs, or licensed practical nurses, may also work in the Navy or Armed Forces. LPNs perform many of the same duties as registered nurses, such as providing medical assistance and monitoring patients' vital signs, but some states require them to have direct supervision when administering intravenous fluids or medications. If you can picture yourself caring for the men and women who serve their country, you may enjoy working as a civilian LPN on a naval base. Your salary will vary by state or district.
Salary Between $35,000 and $40,000
The average salary for a civilian LPN on a naval base was $37,000 as of 2014, according to the job site Indeed. To become an LPN, you need the minimum of a one-year certificate in nursing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some U.S. Navy bases may require you to have an associate degree in nursing. You must also take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to earn your state nursing license. Other essential requirements are compassion, an attention to detail, physical stamina and communication skills.
Top Pay in D.C.
In 2014, civilian LPNs' salaries on naval bases were the highest in Washington, D.C., at $45,000 annually, according to Indeed. Those in Georgia and Illinois earned $43,000 and $41,000 per year, respectively. If you worked as a civilian LPN on a naval base in California or New Jersey, you'd average $40,000. In the states of Washington and Texas, you'd make $37,000 and $36,000, respectively. Civilian LPNs on naval bases earned the lowest salary of $24,000 in Hawaii, among the states listed.
Earnings Below National Average for LPNs
While civilian LPNs on Navy bases made $37,000 in 2014, according to Indeed, the BLS reported average salaries of $42,500 for all LPNs as of May 2012. Average salaries for LPNs were inflated by earnings at junior colleges and insurance carriers, where they made $49,320 and $44,450 per year, respectively. Those at general medical and surgical hospitals earned $41,330, while those at physicians' offices averaged $38,980 -- both closer to the average earnings of civilian LPNs at naval bases.
Promising Career Outlook
The BLS estimates a 25-percent increase in employment for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses from 2012 to 2022, faster than the 11-percent national rate for all occupations. Population increases among baby boomers, who will require more medical services as they age, should increase demand for licensed practical and vocational nurses. You may find fewer job opportunities for civilian LPNs on naval bases because these jobs are more limited. The BLS predicts that a significant number of nurses will retire in the next decade, which may provide more job openings in this field.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: Job Outlook
- NurseGroups: Military Nursing
- Indeed: Civilian LPN on Naval Base Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Indeed: Civilian LPN on Naval Base Salary in Washington, DC, New Jersey, and Rhode Island
- Indeed: Civilian LPN on Naval Base Salary in Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, and Georgia
- Indeed: Civilian LPN on Naval Base Salary in California, Nevada, Washington, and Hawaii
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