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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, hourly average wages total $16.81 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$24,057 - $49,065
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,608
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$13.11 - $21.94
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,057 - $49,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $956  
Profit Sharing
$126.25 - $2,970  
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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$27,265 - $47,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $21.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.33  
Overtime
$15.72 - $32.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $956  
   
Profit Sharing
$126.25 - $2,970  
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).
)
$27,265 - $47,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,385
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


PSA healthcare, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, HCR ManorCare, and Life Care Centers of America are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in this area. Salary cannot be beat at Genesis HealthCare, where median pay comes to $43K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $30K, and the higher end is not far away at $49K. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries at Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (+$41K), HCR ManorCare (+$41K), and Kindred Healthcare (+$39K).

Salaries are easily beat at Sanford Health, where median pay comes to just $29K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $25K and ending at $37K, range in salary is rather small. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Golden LivingCenters at $34K, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. where $34K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses there earn up to $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Virginia Beach is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and Tampa (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Dunnellon:
"Self enrichment."
Acquired skills in a specialty that is an increasing focus in our society (mental health, substance abuse). Have learned very much about myself and from interaction with clients, realized how I've contributed to their well being.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Jackson:
"Nursing."
Make sure nursing is the career you want to pursue. It requires a lot of time and compassion.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Orange City:
"Use your knowledge and past experiences to their fullest."
Use your knowledge and past experiences to their fullest and share that knowledge with others who may learn from them.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Carson City:
"Don't Take Extra Vaccines."
In order to get into the nursing program, I wish I had my childhood shot records. Instead I retook the childhood shots and have had permanent damage to my bowels since then. Diarrhea since 2003, multiple health problems from not holding onto my nutrition.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Waukesha:
You may make a difference in someone's life so be caring and empathetic. If you are having a bad day just remember tomorrow is another day.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

Long Term Care
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Hospice
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Home Health/Home Care
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Medicine / Surgery
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Pediatrics
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Telemetry
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1222 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%