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Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

Most LVN Charge Nurses in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $21.17 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $17.64 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $26.76. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of LVN Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,791 - $58,378
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$58K
MEDIAN: $45,247
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$17.64 - $26.76
(Median)
$18
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,791 - $58,378  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,693  
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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$37,073 - $58,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $26.76  
   
Overtime
$26.12 - $39.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,693  
   
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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$37,073 - $58,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340

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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 not the most common occurrence, LVN Charge Nurses sometimes become MDS Coordinators, where the average income is $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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Survey results show that LVN Charge Nurses typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Long Term Care and Pediatrics. Geriatrics and Wound Care are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


LVN Charge Nurses do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, LVN Charge Nurses make a median salary of $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned LVN Charge Nurses with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 8%

Long Term Care
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 38%
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