Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses take home approximately $17.08 per hour on average. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. Most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. 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 the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,323 - $49,508
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,047
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$13.43 - $22.10
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,323 - $49,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
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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$27,967 - $47,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $22.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.31  
Overtime
$15.92 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
   
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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$27,967 - $47,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,719
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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 among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Pay for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses is best at Bayada, which offers a median salary of $43K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $34K to $55K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Genesis HealthCare, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., and HCR ManorCare, where earnings of $43K, $41K, or $40K are standard for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $25K to just $37K — but Sanford Health offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $29K. Golden LivingCenters, DaVita Inc. and Life Care Centers of America are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $34K, $35K, and $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Virginia Beach, 10 percent below the national average.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

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.

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.

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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1310 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%
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