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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses pull down an average of $16.93 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just under a half receive dental plans. Most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,186 - $49,303
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,925
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$13.28 - $22.01
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,186 - $49,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $688  
Profit Sharing
$124.11 - $2,078  
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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$27,626 - $47,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $22.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.33  
Overtime
$15.90 - $32.35  
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 - $688  
   
Profit Sharing
$124.11 - $2,078  
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).
)
$27,626 - $47,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,324

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, DaVita Inc., 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. Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., HCR ManorCare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses earning around $41K, $41K, or $39K at each firm, respectively.

Sanford Health offers the least pay with a median salary of $29K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $37K. Golden LivingCenters, Life Care Centers of America, and V.A. Medical Center also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $34K, $36K, and $36K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Virginia Beach is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Blacksburg:
"How much of a pay difference there is."
Go back and get your RN there us more opportunity and more pay.

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.

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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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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Psychiatric
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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Pediatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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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 1298 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%