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Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary (United States)

For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, hourly average wages total $20.51 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $16.66 per hour and $26.20. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up the vast majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by approximately half. Most LVN & LPN Charge Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary (?
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$29,087 - $60,586
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MEDIAN: $40,834
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Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary (?
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$16.66 - $26.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,087 - $60,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
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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$34,552 - $58,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $26.20  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $38.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
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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$34,552 - $58,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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 some LVN & LPN Charge Nurses move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most often advance into Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse positions even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, 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, Wound Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Competency in Geriatrics frequently indicates knowledge of Wound Care.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $44K on average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $46K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$43,000
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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will find that Fort Worth offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+8 percent) and Houston (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
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Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
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Wound Care
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Long Term Care
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Geriatrics
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 38%