Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

The average Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse earns approximately $17.06 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just under a half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,336 - $49,515
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,035
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$13.43 - $22.08
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$24,336 - $49,515  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
Profit Sharing
$154.56 - $2,909  
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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$27,951 - $47,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,320
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
$13.43 - $22.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.31  
Overtime
$16.00 - $32.32  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
   
Profit Sharing
$154.56 - $2,909  
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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$27,951 - $47,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,726
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


PSA healthcare, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, HCR ManorCare, and Maxim Healthcare Services are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in search of the best pay head to Bayada, where the median salary rolls in at $43K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $55K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $34K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis HealthCare at $43K, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. at $41K, and HCR ManorCare, where Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses annually earn $40K.

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. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Golden LivingCenters at $34K, Life Care Centers of America at $36K, and DaVita Inc., where $36K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). Virginia Beach ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below 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

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Home Health/Home Care
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Geriatrics
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$36,000

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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1312 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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