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Charge Nurse (LVN) Salary

Women comprise the majority of LVN Charge Nurses in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $21.19 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $17.64 per hour on the low end to $26.93 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,609 - $58,506
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$59K
MEDIAN: $45,554
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$17.64 - $26.93
(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
$30,609 - $58,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,702  
Total Pay (?
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$37,158 - $58,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$26.05 - $39.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,702  
   
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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$37,158 - $58,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329

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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. A Licensed Vocational Nurse role is the most common promotion for LVN Charge Nurses moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $41K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for LVN Charge Nurses is a Registered Nurse position, where earnings are usually $55K.

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LVN Charge Nurses who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care and Pediatrics. Experience with Geriatrics is often linked with knowledge of Wound Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN)

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. LVN Charge Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. After two decades in the workforce, the average LVN Charge Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN) Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 5%

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
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 38%
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