Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

An average Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse can expect to take home roughly $17.31 per hour. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and about one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,551 - $50,051
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,604
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$13.70 - $22.33
(Median)
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,551 - $50,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,048  
Commission
$6,240  
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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$28,516 - $48,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $22.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.06  
Overtime
$16.46 - $32.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
Commission
$6,240  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,048  
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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$28,516 - $48,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12,725
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PSA healthcare, DaVita Inc., HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. With a median salary of $44K, Genesis HealthCare offers Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $30K and are capped at $50K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Bayada, HCR ManorCare, and Maxim Healthcare Services, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses rake in a $42K, $39K, or $39K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Sanford Health — median pay is $29K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $25K and only reaching $37K. Employees at Mercy Hospital, Golden LivingCenters, and Life Care Centers of America can also expect below-average earnings of $31K, $34K, and $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,524

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

Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, 26 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Cleveland (+7 percent). Virginia Beach ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Oklahoma City (8 percent lower) and Rochester (2 percent lower).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Clarksdale:
"The care of people."
When taking care of people you have to consider the whole person. Not just the sick person, but the person that needs someone to lend a listening ear. The person that needs someone to give the encouraging words in their times of need. The entire person.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Louisville:
"Compliance with State Laws."
Stay in compliance at all times with the state laws. Be proficient and professional at all times. You never know who is watching.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Louisville:
2 be compassionate and have respect and dignity towards your resident, put yourself in the patient shoes.Have empathy.Do as God would do.Treat them as you will treat your love one.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Auburn:
"Patients First."
Make sure you know the growth potential, work environment and that most that work for the company feel satisfied as an employee.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Nashville:
"Know what you want."
If you don't want to work weekends, nights, holidays or rotating schedules, then make sure you work someplace like a clinic or Dr. Office. So many people have come and gone at my job simply because they didn't want to work certain shifts or holidays. Nursing is a 24/7 profession. Sometimes people go into nursing simple for the pay, but it is so much more than just a paycheck.

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Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries


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National Average
$37,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1394 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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