Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

Women comprise the majority of LVN Charge Nurses in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $21.20 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $17.67 per hour and $26.59. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The majority of LVN Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$32,438 - $58,629
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$59K
MEDIAN: $45,247
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$17.67 - $26.59
(Median)
$18
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,438 - $58,629  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,695  
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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$37,186 - $57,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.67 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$26.14 - $39.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,695  
   
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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$37,186 - $57,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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 some LVN Charge Nurses move into positions like MDS Coordinator (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. 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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LVN Charge Nurses who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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. Many workers who know Geriatrics also know Wound Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


For LVN Charge Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. For LVN Charge Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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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
$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 8%

Long Term Care
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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