Most LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $20.76 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. For the most part, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — around two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$17.19 - $26.57
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Salary
$29,117 - $52,775  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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$35,453 - $57,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$17.19 - $26.57  
   
Overtime
$21.63 - $38.39  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$35,453 - $57,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 497
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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 transition into an Assistant Director of Nursing role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $64K per year. Many LVN & LPN Charge Nurses advance into roles as Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses, but the median salaries are $7K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


HCR ManorCare offers the largest salaries in town — $45K on average.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 27 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Rehabilitation, Dialysis, and Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent in 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses make a median salary of $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,334

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

LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Cleveland (5 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
$44,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
up arrow 27%

Hospice Care
up arrow 17%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 16%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 6%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Wound Care
up arrow 2%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Geriatrics
0%

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$44,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Dialysis
up arrow 8%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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