Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

LVN Charge Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $21.41 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $17.91 per hour to $26.57. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just under a half have dental insurance. Women account for the majority of LVN Charge Nurses who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$35,092 - $60,678
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,453
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$17.91 - $26.57
(Median)
$18
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,092 - $60,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,700  
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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$37,614 - $57,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.91 - $26.57  
   
Overtime
$26.80 - $39.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,700  
   
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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$37,614 - $57,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
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Job Description for Charge Nurse (LVN)

  • 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)


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LVN Charge Nurses who advance into the role of a MDS Coordinator are fairly uncommon. MDS Coordinators on average earn $56K per year. As LVN Charge Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $41K. Another common career choice for LVN Charge Nurses is to move into a Registered Nurse role — this promotion usually pays $55K.

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LVN Charge Nurses report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Long Term Care and Clinical Supervision. Many workers who know Geriatrics also know Wound Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. LVN Charge Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Wound Care
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Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Pediatrics
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Clinical Supervision
up arrow 5%

Long Term Care
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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