Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

The average LVN or LPN Charge Nurse in the United States earns approximately $20.47 per hour. Compensation ranges between $16.79 per hour and $26.24. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly two in five lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,976 - $59,601
(Median)
$27K
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MEDIAN: $40,317
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$16.79 - $26.24
(Median)
$17
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,976 - $59,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Total Pay (?
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$34,551 - $58,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.79 - $26.24  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $39.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$34,551 - $58,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452

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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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It's not very common for LVN & LPN Charge Nurses to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55K annually. 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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Survey results show that LVN & LPN Charge Nurses use a fair number of skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Psychiatric. Employees educated in Geriatrics are typically practiced in Wound Care, too.

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

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $42K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in Fort Worth receive some of the highest pay in the country. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+9 percent) and Dallas (+6 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Experienced
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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
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Geriatrics
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$43,000

Psychiatric
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

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: 57% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%