Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

Earnings for LVN Charge Nurses in the United States come in at around $21.41 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $17.91 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $26.57. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, LVN Charge Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. Women make up the vast majority of LVN Charge Nurses (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire.

$35,092 - $60,678
(Median)
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$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,453
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$17.91 - $26.57
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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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While not commonly seen, LVN Charge Nurses who transition into a MDS Coordinator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for MDS Coordinators is $56K per year. LVN Charge Nurses go on to become Licensed Vocational Nurses more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $41K. LVN Charge Nurses who move into a Registered Nurse role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $55K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by LVN Charge Nurses who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care and Clinical Supervision. Wound Care is a skill commonly found among those who know Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


LVN Charge Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $47K. On average, LVN Charge Nurses make $48K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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
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Long Term Care
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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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