Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States pull down an average of $20.56 per hour. Pay generally varies between $16.93 per hour and $26.27. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. While roughly two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,591 - $58,440
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MEDIAN: $40,394
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$16.93 - $26.27
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,591 - $58,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$34,927 - $57,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$16.93 - $26.27  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $38.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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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$34,927 - $57,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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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 advance into the role of an Assistant Director of Nursing are fairly uncommon. Assistant Directors of Nursing on average earn $63K per year. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most often move into Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


Survey results imply that LVN & LPN Charge Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 30 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dialysis and Rehabilitation. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Long Term Care and IV Certified.

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

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,500

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

For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 6 percent greater than the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+6 percent), Phoenix (+5 percent), Fort Worth (+5 percent), and Cleveland (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Los Angeles (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
up arrow 30%

Hospice Care
up arrow 20%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 18%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 8%

Acute Care
up arrow 6%

Critical Care
up arrow 6%

Wound Care
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
0%

National Average
$43,000

Psychiatric
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 4%

Dialysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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