Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can expect to earn an average of $18.17 per hour. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — close to a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,533 - $51,992
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MEDIAN: $39,559
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$14.62 - $23.53
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$0$51K
Salary $26,533 - $51,992
Bonus $50.59 - $2,393
Profit Sharing $335.00
Commission $2,100
Total Pay (?
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$30,380 - $50,649
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 919
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $14.62 - $23.53
Hourly Tips $0.19 - $4.98
Overtime $17.76 - $34.89
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $50.59 - $2,393
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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$30,380 - $50,649
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10,194

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center are leading firms in the industry. Genesis HealthCare pays the most with a median salary of $43K, though there is little variation overall ($36K to $57K). Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, and Kindred Healthcare also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $43K, $42K, and $41K, respectively.

Sanford Health offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $29K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $25K to $37K. Employees at V.A. Medical Center, Golden LivingCenters, and DaVita Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $36K, $37K, and $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,456

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

For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+22 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Cleveland (+6 percent), and Indianapolis (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Rochester is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville (3 percent lower) and Columbus (2 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 Moline:
"Shoot for your dreams."
Keep your eyes and ears open. Your learning has just begun. Be open and compassionate but grounded.

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 Savannah:
"Nurses eat their young."
Never get complacent always double check everything.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Scottsbluff:
"Nursing doesnt pay."
No future in LPN licensure, except long term care.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florence:
Go back to school to obtain your RN.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Charleston:
"That the pay would been mor equal to what I left."
Be attentive to your patients medical needs, be a good advocate for them. Some times families think the know best and they don't and for this many times patients suffer. Educate both the patient and families where the can understand, educate the family to help their family member to get better and not to be enabling them because the patient wont make better progress for their goals set by the other teams. Be kind and compassionate, but be tough and stern. Give posititive re-enforcement. Keep your work area neat and clean so you will be profecent with your job. You want to work smart not hard.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Lafayette:
"Lack of growth."
Go for your RN from the start.

Key Stats for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 978 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

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National Average
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Gynecology
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Telemetry
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 978 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 34%
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