Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses take home an average $17.97 per hour. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses runs from $30K to $50K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,343 - $51,828
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$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,206
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$14.44 - $23.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,343 - $51,828  
   
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,390  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
Commission
$2,100  
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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$30,014 - $50,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 949
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $23.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $3.43  
Overtime
$17.70 - $34.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,390  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$30,014 - $50,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9,858
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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses fill the offices of leading firms DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center. With a median salary of $43K, Genesis HealthCare offers Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $36K and are capped at $57K. Other big spenders include Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, and Kindred Healthcare, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses see paychecks nearing $43K, $42K, or $41K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $25K to just $37K — but Sanford Health offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $29K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include V.A. Medical Center at $36K, Golden LivingCenters at $37K, and DaVita Inc., where $37K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,993

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, New York offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+23 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), Cleveland (+8 percent), and Indianapolis (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Rochester.

Key Stats for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 828 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

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▲5%


▲4%


▲3%

▲3%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000


▼2%

Gynecology
▼2%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼3%

Telemetry
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 828 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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