Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) earns an average wage of $17.92 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$25,449 - $51,890
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,893
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$14.11 - $23.58
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,449 - $51,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $652  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $3,064  
Commission
$471.66 - $12,208  
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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$29,370 - $50,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,860
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $23.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.05  
Overtime
$13.70 - $34.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $652  
   
Commission
$471.66 - $12,208  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $3,064  
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).
)
$29,370 - $50,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23,528
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Job Description for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, takes care of patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or medical doctor. Licensed practical nurses often provide basic care such as wound dressing, medication administration and taking vital signs. They also complete paperwork that is kept in the patient's file. Besides working with registered nurses and doctors, licensed practical nurses also work with certified nursing aides, physical and occupational therapists and home health aides.

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Tasks

  • Take temperatures, dress wounds, record vital signs, collect blood and urine samples and prep patients for examinations, etc.
  • May include some clerical work and may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  • Provide basic medical care helping physicians and registered nurses to focus in more specialized areas in patient care.

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Reviews

What is it like working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Neoga:
"The reason I was put on earth."
Pros: I love caring for anyone in need. Knowing that people look to me for advise helps me through the day. I know God wanted to do this work and I try to show it though my work everyday.
Cons: Management is hard to communicate with. When there is a scope of practice question it is hard to get an answer out of management about what floor nurses should do.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Salem:
"I want to work with people who are mentally ill."
Pros: I get paid for doing something that I love! I can usually get as much overtime as I need or want.
Cons: I dislike having to walk so far from my parking space to the door of the hospital. Sometimes the ludicrous vagaries of state government just drives me nuts.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Virginia Beach:
"Very Rewarding!"
Pros: Making people feel better about and letting them know that no matter what happens someone loves them and that they have some one there that cares for them no matter what the situation is in their lives.
Cons: Having to see love ones lose their family member they love very much. It is hard sometimes see how people suffer at the end of life.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Tulsa:
"Work In A Psychiatric Hospital."
Pros: I get to help people who are struggling with mental illness.
Cons: I dislike it when we are understaffed. I also dislike working with patients who become violent.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Portland:
"Flexible Work Schedule, Enjoy Working In Pediatrics."
Pros: The one on one care, making house calls, setting your own schedule.
Cons: That it is night shift, that there is no shift differential or current benefits.

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Experience Affects Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

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Wound Care
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Long Term Care
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Dialysis
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Geriatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Psychiatric
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Elder Care
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Acute Care
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Telemetry
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Medicine / Surgery
0%

Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$38,000

Pediatrics
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3296 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 35%
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