The average pay for a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) is $24.59 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Acute Care is associated with high pay for this job.
Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Total Pay (?
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$30,767 - $82,635
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,420
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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Total Pay (?
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$15.59 - $35.95
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,767 - $82,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$34,186 - $83,404  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $35.95  
   
Overtime
$11.88 - $48.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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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$34,186 - $83,404  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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Job Description for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
Registered practical nurses (RPN's) play a major role in the medical field. What is not handled by a doctor is usually handled by an RPN. They care for patients with all forms of illness or injury. RPN's usually spend more time with patients than with a doctor, particularly when handling patients who are in critical condition when they are at the patient's bedside sometimes for their entire shift.
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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Tasks
  • Provide assistance including medications, changing dressings, and bathing patients.
  • Monitor patients' progress and report changes.
  • Collect patient health information like blood pressure, temperature, and pulse.
  • Provide patients and families with health and safety information.
Pay by Experience Level for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
Late-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 11%
National Average
$53,000
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%
Pediatrics
up arrow 3%
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Gender
Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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