Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Average Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses make around $17.31 per hour. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Although salaries only range from $30K to just $50K, Genesis HealthCare still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $44K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Bayada, HCR ManorCare, and Maxim Healthcare Services, where earnings of $42K, $39K, or $39K are standard for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses.

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. Mercy Hospital, Golden LivingCenters, and Life Care Centers of America are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($31K, $34K, and $36K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,524

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

For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater 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). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Virginia Beach. Oklahoma City and Rochester are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries


Hospice
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Home Health/Home Care
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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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