Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States take home an average $20.55 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $16.82 per hour to $26.51. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,194 - $59,336

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$16.82 - $26.51

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,194 - $59,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Total Pay (?
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$34,563 - $58,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.82 - $26.51  
   
Overtime
$20.66 - $39.72  
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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$34,563 - $58,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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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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While LVN & LPN Charge Nurses do not often become Assistant Directors of Nursing, the job pays $63K per year on average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most often move into positions as Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Licensed Practical Nurses actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Licensed Vocational Nurses earn $3K less per year than LVN & LPN Charge Nurses do.

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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses report using a deep pool of skills 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, 20 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Psychiatric and Dialysis. Geriatrics and Wound Care are also commonly seen together.

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

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


For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+6 percent), Fort Worth (+6 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Austin (+2 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles and Atlanta (2 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
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
up arrow 28%

Hospice Care
up arrow 20%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 19%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Wound Care
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
0%

National Average
$43,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Psychiatric
up arrow 6%

Dialysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 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: 57% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 39%
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