Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary
LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $20.77 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. The vast majority (89 percent) of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$29,778 - $55,549|
|Total Pay (||$35,531 - $57,151|
|Hourly Rate||$17.11 - $26.49|
|Overtime||$19.72 - $37.69|
|Total Pay (||$35,531 - $57,151|
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.Read More...
Charge nurses may work full time or part time depending on the needs of their employer. They generally work in hospitals or other medical facilities. The charge nurse's schedule depends on the needs of their employer, and this individual may work a day shift, night shift, or some combination of the two.
In terms of certification, the charge nurse must hold a current license by the state board of nursing as an LVN (licensed vocational nurse) or LPN (licensed practical nurse). They must be able to motivate and lead a team of nurses, as well as flexible to meet challenges in their work environment as they may occur. They must also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills to do this job effectively.
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)
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 $64K per year. A lot of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses advance their careers by becoming Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses. However, those positions offer $7K less and $3K less per year on average.
Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)
Those at HCR ManorCare can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $45K.
Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)
LVN & LPN Charge Nurses report using a large range 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 26 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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
For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, Detroit provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), Austin (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Roanoke. San Antonio and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.
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