Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

Average LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States make around $20.52 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $16.79 per hour and $26.38. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. There are far more female LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,117 - $59,424
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MEDIAN: $40,467
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$16.79 - $26.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,117 - $59,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Total Pay (?
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$34,545 - $57,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.79 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$20.91 - $39.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$34,545 - $57,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 538
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Assistant Directors of Nursing. That role pays $63K per year on average. Many LVN & LPN Charge Nurses go on to become Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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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 28 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychiatric and Dialysis. Many workers who know Geriatrics also know Wound Care.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. As LVN & LPN Charge Nurses reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+6 percent), Fort Worth (+6 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (2 percent lower) and Atlanta (1 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
up arrow 28%

Hospice Care
up arrow 21%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 19%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 6%


Long Term Care
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Dialysis
up arrow 5%

Psychiatric
up arrow 6%

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
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%
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