Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses take home approximately $18.05 per hour on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — about a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,107 - $51,678
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$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,180
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$14.51 - $23.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,107 - $51,678  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $2,367  
Profit Sharing
$335.00  
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$30,148 - $50,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $23.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $4.98  
Overtime
$17.76 - $34.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$75.00 - $2,367  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Profit Sharing
$335.00  
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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$30,148 - $50,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10,345

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DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in search of the best pay head to Genesis HealthCare, where the median salary rolls in at $43K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $57K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $36K. Also paying near the top of the field are Maxim Healthcare Services at $43K, Maxim at $42K, and Kindred Healthcare, where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses annually earn $41K.

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,156

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+23 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Cleveland (+7 percent), and Indianapolis (+4 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville (2 percent lower) and Columbus (1 percent lower).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Farmville:
"Follow your dreams and never stop dreaming."
The whole process of being responsible for someone else's well being or even their life, is very scary. The thing to remember is that you are never alone and never be afraid to ask for help. Also, never feel like you are too old to follow your dreams. I was 55 when my journey begin and it was not easy but I reached my goals.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Richmond:
"Turn over rate."
Make sure you want to be a advocate and love taking care of people. Always willing to learn new skills and continuous education, because nursing is always changing (technology).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Winter Haven:
"I wish I would have continued my education."
Don't stop at an LPN go on for your RN your bachelors if you love nursing go on.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Philadelphia:
"Common sense."
Be articulate and professional always because the public is always watching and judging.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New Orleans:
Go on to school and become an RN or other higher level professional as a wise practical and financial move. Don't be afraid to ask questions, be curious, be honest; people's lives depend on your integrity, even when you have to admit you were wrong , or made a mistake. Consider how you'd want to be dealt with were it yourself or your family member who was subjected to your mistake or error. Your prompt honesty and integrity might save their life.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Meridian:
"More Education.! More Money!"
My advice to anyone is to continue going to college. Pay scale will go up!

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Birmingham:
"I wish I had known there was no value in management's eyes."
Care for the patient's, no matter how others are on the job. That's why you were put in the position to care for others is to actually do those blood pressures and blood glucose checks and give those pills.

Key Stats for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 925 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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National Average
$38,000

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Gynecology
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Emergency Room (ER)
▼4%

Telemetry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 925 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 34%
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