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Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary (United States)

LVN Charge Nurses in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $20.87 per hour. Compensation ranges between $17.31 per hour and $26.97. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for LVN Charge Nurses is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, nearly two in five claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary (?
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$29,884 - $59,382
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $45,554
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Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary (?
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$17.31 - $26.97
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,884 - $59,382  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
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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$36,507 - $58,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.31 - $26.97  
   
Overtime
$25.52 - $40.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
   
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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$36,507 - $58,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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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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Though it's uncommon, some LVN Charge Nurses move into roles as MDS Coordinators, where pay is an average $56K per year. A Licensed Vocational Nurse role is the most common promotion for LVN Charge Nurses moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $40K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for LVN Charge Nurses is a Registered Nurse position, where earnings are usually $55K.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Job Listings

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LVN Charge Nurses report a narrow range of specific skills. Geriatrics and Long Term Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. LVN Charge Nurses bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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Houston
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Dallas
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National Average
$45,000
San Antonio
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Fort Worth offers some of the highest pay in the country for LVN Charge Nurses, 20 percent above the national average. LVN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Geriatrics
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National Average
$45,000
Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 39%