Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

An average LVN or LPN Charge Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.47 per hour. Pay generally varies between $16.78 per hour and $26.30. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of LVN & LPN Charge Nurses (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,976 - $59,601
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$27K
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MEDIAN: $40,070
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$16.78 - $26.30
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$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 - $1,018  
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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$34,516 - $58,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.78 - $26.30  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $39.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
   
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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$34,516 - $58,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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 not the most common occurrence, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses sometimes become Assistant Directors of Nursing, where the average income is $63K per year. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most frequently advance into Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses report using a large range 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, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Psychiatric and Dialysis. Aptitude in Geriatrics tends to also indicate an understanding 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.


LVN & LPN Charge Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $43K on average. For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a LVN or LPN Charge Nurse with more than 20 years of experience can earn $45K on average.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+6 percent), Fort Worth (+6 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average.

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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%

National Average
$43,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Dialysis
up arrow 5%

Psychiatric
up arrow 10%

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
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%
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