Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can expect wages of $17.94 per hour on average. Total incomes of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $50K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,313 - $51,933
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MEDIAN: $39,213
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$14.43 - $23.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,313 - $51,933  
   
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,378  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,959  
Commission
$2,100  
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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$29,991 - $50,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 987
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $23.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $3.43  
Overtime
$17.79 - $34.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,378  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$29,991 - $50,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10,151

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Dominating the field, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Maxim Healthcare Services pays the most with a median salary of $43K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $33K to a high of $60K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Bayada, Maxim, and ManorCare, where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses typically earn around $43K, $42K, or $41K, respectively.

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. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include V.A. Medical Center at $36K, Golden LivingCenters at $37K, and DaVita Inc., where $37K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,909

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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Cleveland (+7 percent), and Cincinnati (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Rochester is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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 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.

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.

Key Stats for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 833 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 833 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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