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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary (United States)

Earnings for Registered Practical Nurses in the United States come in at around $24.10 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Practical Nurses. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Female Registered Practical Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary (?
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$30,517 - $85,471
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MEDIAN: $50,050
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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary (?
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$15.43 - $37.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,517 - $85,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
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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$32,901 - $84,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $37.31  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $64.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
   
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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$32,901 - $84,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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.

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Registered Practical Nurses report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Acute Care, Pediatrics, and Medicine / Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $57K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Practical Nurses make a median salary of $65K. Registered Practical Nurses who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $63K.

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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%
Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 15%
Pediatrics
up arrow 3%
National Average
$51,000
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%