Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

An average Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse can expect to take home roughly $17.10 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,344 - $49,507

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$13.47 - $22.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,344 - $49,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $593  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $2,959  
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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$28,032 - $47,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $22.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.31  
Overtime
$15.85 - $32.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $593  
   
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $2,959  
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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$28,032 - $47,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,789
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, HCR ManorCare, DaVita Inc., and Maxim Healthcare Services are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $34K to just $55K, Bayada still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $43K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis HealthCare at $43K, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. at $41K, and HCR ManorCare, where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses annually earn $40K.

Employees at Sanford Health take home the smallest paychecks, and $29K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $25K and quickly nearing the top at only $37K. Also approaching the lower end are Golden LivingCenters at $34K, DaVita Inc. at $35K, and Life Care Centers of America at $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


Philadelphia offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, 25 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 (+18 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Virginia Beach.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Brockton:
Check your work, always be professional, do not talk about fellow nurses. Do not talk about patients. Do not be late, prepare for the day.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Weston:
"Don't take less than you deserve - do your research."
In hospital the stress level is high. Never take less than your worth. Gain experience and MOVE ON - the more you know - the longer your experience - the higher your pay. Keep moving on & up.

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.

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


Hospice
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Home Health/Home Care
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Geriatrics
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Psychiatric
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Elder Care
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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Dialysis
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National Average
$36,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1314 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%
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