Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (United States)

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) earns an average wage of $17.62 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Total Pay (?
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$24,986 - $51,371
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MEDIAN: $38,045
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Total Pay (?
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$13.62 - $23.24
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,986 - $51,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
Profit Sharing
$175.00 - $3,072  
Commission
$480.00 - $12,000  
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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$28,399 - $50,431  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26,522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $23.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.40  
Overtime
$14.59 - $34.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
Commission
$480.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$175.00 - $3,072  
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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$28,399 - $50,431  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26,522
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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 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.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Greensboro:
Pros: Helping patients regain good health or assisting them in living out the remainder of their lives by being a support for them as well as their family
Cons: Having to say good bye to the terminally ill patient that I have come to love as family.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Ocala:
"I Am A Nurse."
Pros: I make a difference in the life of another human being. Being a nurse is really what I am, not only what I do.
Cons: Bureaucracies, cliques, paperwork.

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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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$38,000
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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 36%
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