Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses typically take home $16.71 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. About a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (?
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$24,087 - $48,673
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MEDIAN: $35,371
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Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary (?
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$12.99 - $21.90
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,087 - $48,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,948  
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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$27,007 - $47,316  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $21.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$15.69 - $32.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $2,948  
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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$27,007 - $47,316  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,585
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Dominating the field, PSA healthcare, DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, Life Care Centers of America, and HCR ManorCare are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Salary cannot be beat at Genesis HealthCare, where median pay comes to $43,266. Salary range is somewhat confined, however, with base pay starting at $30K and ending at $49K. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries at HCR ManorCare (+$41,600), Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (+$41,600, $41,250), and Maxim Healthcare Services (+$38,837).
The lowest salaries can be found at Sanford Health—median pay is $28,719—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $25K and only reaching $37K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Golden LivingCenters at $33,763, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. where $34,432 is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses there earn up to $51K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. New York, Chicago, Miami, and Cleveland are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses earning around 21 percent, 17 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than average. Virginia Beach ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 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 Waukesha:
You may make a difference in someone's life so be caring and empathetic. If you are having a bad day just remember tomorrow is another day.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Erie:
"Compassion Is A Virtue Use It."
Wear good shoes! Always use good body mechanics and be an example of health to your patients. The customer may not always be right but always always have a smile and do your best to accommodate them to the best of your ability. We are all human we make mistakes learn from them don't beat yourself up over the small errors. You will learn life is really too short love and care for your patients as if they are your family.

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

Hospice
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Elder Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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National Average
$36,000
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Pediatrics
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Telemetry
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Gynecology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1180 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%
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