Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

An average LVN or LPN Charge Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.56 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $16.93 per hour and $26.27. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The vast majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$28,591 - $58,440
(Median)
$29K
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$58K
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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Though not the most common occurrence, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses sometimes become Assistant Directors of Nursing, where the average income is $63K per year. Many LVN & LPN Charge Nurses choose to become Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $6K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,500

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

With a pay rate for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses that is 6 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+6 percent), Phoenix (+5 percent), Fort Worth (+5 percent), and Cleveland (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers 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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