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Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

Most LVN Charge Nurses in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $21.09 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $17.53 per hour and $26.96. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Most LVN Charge Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$30,609 - $59,670
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,554
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$17.53 - $26.96
(Median)
$18
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,609 - $59,670  
   
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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$37,179 - $58,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.53 - $26.96  
   
Overtime
$25.57 - $39.93  
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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$37,179 - $58,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315

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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. 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 $41K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for LVN Charge Nurses is a Registered Nurse position, where earnings are usually $55K.

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LVN Charge Nurses note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care and Pediatrics. Geriatrics and Wound Care are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for LVN Charge Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average LVN Charge Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $48K.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 5%

Long Term Care
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 38%