Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses take home an average $17.97 per hour. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses runs from $30K to $50K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,343 - $51,828
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$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,206
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$14.44 - $23.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,343 - $51,828  
   
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,390  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$30,014 - $50,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $23.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $3.43  
Overtime
$17.70 - $34.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$51.71 - $2,390  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$30,014 - $50,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9,858

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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses fill the offices of leading firms DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center. With a median salary of $43K, 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 $36K and are capped at $57K. Other big spenders include Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, and Kindred Healthcare, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses see paychecks nearing $43K, $42K, or $41K.

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. 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: $37,993

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, New York offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+23 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), Cleveland (+8 percent), and Indianapolis (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Rochester.

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 828 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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▲3%

▲3%

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▲1%

National Average
$38,000


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Gynecology
▼2%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼3%

Telemetry
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 828 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 34%
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