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Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

Average LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States make around $20.48 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $16.79 per hour to $26.37. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. Work is enjoyable for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,718 - $59,968
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,070
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$16.79 - $26.37
(Median)
$17
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,718 - $59,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
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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$34,428 - $58,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.79 - $26.37  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $39.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$34,428 - $58,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who transition into an Assistant Director of Nursing role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most frequently advance into Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with IV Certified, Hospice Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 21 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychiatric. Aptitude in Geriatrics tends to also indicate an understanding of Wound Care.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses make a median salary of $42K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, Fort Worth provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+7 percent) and Dallas (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
up arrow 28%

Hospice Care
up arrow 21%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 11%

Long Term Care
up arrow 7%

Acute Care
up arrow 6%


Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Psychiatric
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 39%
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