Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

LVN Charge Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $21.28 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $17.73 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $26.57. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Approximately two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of LVN Charge Nurses are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$32,681 - $58,506
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$59K
MEDIAN: $45,554
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$17.73 - $26.57
(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
$32,681 - $58,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,698  
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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$37,348 - $57,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.73 - $26.57  
   
Overtime
$26.14 - $39.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,698  
   
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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$37,348 - $57,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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. The most common promotion for LVN Charge Nurses is a Licensed Vocational Nurse position, which usually brings in $41K a year. Another standard transition for LVN Charge Nurses seeking advancement is to assume a Registered Nurse role, where pay is often $55K.

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LVN Charge Nurses typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Long Term Care and Pediatrics. Those with knowledge of Geriatrics tend to be skilled in Wound Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. LVN Charge Nurses bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 9%

Pediatrics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%
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