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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses is around $16.98 per hour. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses are female. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little less than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,223 - $49,443
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,021
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90%

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$13.34 - $22.04
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,223 - $49,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $627  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $2,078  
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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$27,750 - $47,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $22.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.31  
Overtime
$15.85 - $32.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $627  
   
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $2,078  
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).
)
$27,750 - $47,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,433

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, DaVita Inc., HCR ManorCare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in this area. Bayada pays the most with a median salary of $43K, though there is little variation overall ($36K to $55K). Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries at Genesis HealthCare (+$43K), Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (+$41K), and HCR ManorCare (+$41K).

Sanford Health doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $29K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $37K and scope of pay is rather limited. Employees at Golden LivingCenters, Life Care Centers of America, and V.A. Medical Center can also expect below-average earnings of $34K, $36K, and $36K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

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

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Blacksburg:
"How much of a pay difference there is."
Go back and get your RN there us more opportunity and more pay.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Dunnellon:
"Self enrichment."
Acquired skills in a specialty that is an increasing focus in our society (mental health, substance abuse). Have learned very much about myself and from interaction with clients, realized how I've contributed to their well being.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Jackson:
"Nursing."
Make sure nursing is the career you want to pursue. It requires a lot of time and compassion.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Orange City:
"Use your knowledge and past experiences to their fullest."
Use your knowledge and past experiences to their fullest and share that knowledge with others who may learn from them.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Carson City:
"Don't Take Extra Vaccines."
In order to get into the nursing program, I wish I had my childhood shot records. Instead I retook the childhood shots and have had permanent damage to my bowels since then. Diarrhea since 2003, multiple health problems from not holding onto my nutrition.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries


Hospice
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Home Health/Home Care
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Geriatrics
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Elder Care
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Psychiatric
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Acute Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Telemetry
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Pediatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1303 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%
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