Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

LVN Charge Nurses in the United States take home an average $21.92 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most LVN Charge Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of LVN Charge Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,364 - $70,236
$35K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,204
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$18.34 - $26.45
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MEDIAN: $21.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,364 - $70,236  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$38,423 - $59,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.34 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$27.07 - $41.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$38,423 - $59,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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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 sometimes assume positions such as MDS Coordinators. That role pays $57K per year on average. More often than not, a Licensed Vocational Nurse role is the next step for LVN Charge Nurses moving up in the field. Pay for Licensed Vocational Nurses is usually $41K. Many LVN Charge Nurses choose to take on a Registered Nurse role instead, where salaries are typically $56K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, LVN Charge Nurses make a median salary of $50K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $47K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,542

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Sacramento is home to an above-average pay rate for LVN Charge Nurses, 25 percent higher than the national average. LVN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+17 percent), Houston (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Merced and 6 percent less in Fort Worth, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (LVN)

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

IV Certified
▲9%

▲3%

Geriatrics
▼0%

National Average
$47,000

Pediatrics
▼5%

Clinical Supervision
▼7%

Long Term Care
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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