Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

Earnings for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States come in at around $20.74 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Although the larger part have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Female LVN & LPN Charge Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,134 - $56,827
$30K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,611
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50%
90%

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$17.17 - $26.25
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$26
MEDIAN: $20.74
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$0$57K
Salary $30,134 - $56,827
Bonus $1,000
Profit Sharing $910
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,904 - $57,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 21
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $17.17 - $26.25
Overtime $22.40 - $37.10
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $1,000
Profit Sharing $910
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,904 - $57,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 304

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Job Description for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

A charge nurse (LVN/LPN) is responsible for supervising the nursing staff and making sure that they are performing their duties correctly and up to their employer's standard. Additionally, these individuals are in charge of observing and recording changes in a patient's condition for use of their supervisor and/or the attending physician. They also conduct performance evaluations and make recommendations related to staffing and equipment needs. Additionally, the charge nurse administers prescribed medication, provides treatments, and ensures that all medicine is handled and stored correctly. At all times, this individual must follow their organization's (and any legal) privacy and safety standards.

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Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Tasks

  • Interview patients to determine problems and medical condition.
  • Ensure equipment and rooms are sterilized.
  • Administer medicine, observe patient, and report any adverse reaction to the medication.
  • Assist physician with examination and complete any follow-ups or lab requests.
  • Document patients' status in chart for the physician.

Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


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For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, progressing to an Assistant Director of Nursing role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Assistant Director of Nursing can earn $64K annually. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most often move into positions as Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Licensed Practical Nurses actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Licensed Vocational Nurses earn $4K less per year than LVN & LPN Charge Nurses do.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


HCR ManorCare offers the largest salaries in town — $45K on average.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


Survey results imply that LVN & LPN Charge Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with IV Certified, Hospice Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Rehabilitation, Dialysis, and Pediatrics. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, also skilled in Long Term Care and IV Certified.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Pay by Experience for a Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 168 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 118 salaries. An experienced Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 123 salaries. A Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 102 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,166

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Detroit offers some of the highest pay in the country for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, 23 percent above the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Roanoke is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in San Antonio and 7 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)?

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Palm Springs:
"Stress level optimal."
Pros: Getting off early. Watching patients improve their lives.
Cons: Over working workings, adding to the workload but not the pay.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Leander:
"Stressful."
Pros: Decent pay.
Cons: Stressed overworked abused.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Fairfield:
"Nice job."
Pros: Experience directly with the patient and the family is in opportunity to can better person ,better human and be helping person for better life.
Cons: Be ready for new experience and retro and prepare for any new change every day.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

▲1%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
▲25%

Hospice Care
▲15%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
▲14%

Medicine / Surgery
▲4%

Critical Care
▲2%


▼0%

National Average
$45,000

▼1%

Acute Care
▼1%

▼2%

Pediatrics
▼4%

Rehabilitation
▼10%

Dialysis
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 37%
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