Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (United States)

A typical Licensed Practical Nurse can expect to rake in roughly $16.71 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about half have dental, too. For the most part, Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (?
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$24,087 - $48,673
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MEDIAN: $35,371
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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (?
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$12.99 - $21.90
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,087 - $48,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,948  
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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$27,007 - $47,316  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $21.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$15.69 - $32.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,948  
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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$27,007 - $47,316  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,585
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses fill the offices of leading firms PSA healthcare, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, Life Care Centers of America, and HCR ManorCare. Genesis HealthCare pays the most with a median salary of $43,266, though there is little variation overall ($30K-$49K). Other leaders in compensation levels are HCR ManorCare at $41,600, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. at $41,250, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses annually earn $38,837.
Employees at Sanford Health take home the smallest paychecks, and $28,719 is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $25K and quickly nearing the top at only $37K. Other low-paying employers include Golden LivingCenters at $33,763 and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. at $34,432, though some Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses there earn up to $51K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Cleveland (+8 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 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.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Erie:
"Compassion Is A Virtue Use It."
Wear good shoes! Always use good body mechanics and be an example of health to your patients. The customer may not always be right but always always have a smile and do your best to accommodate them to the best of your ability. We are all human we make mistakes learn from them don't beat yourself up over the small errors. You will learn life is really too short love and care for your patients as if they are your family.

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

Hospice
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Elder Care
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National Average
$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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