Most Registered Practical Nurses in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $25.47 per hour. Most Registered Practical Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19.49 - $37.19
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$35,310 - $88,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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$19.49 - $37.19  
   
Overtime
$31.50  
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$35,310 - $88,505  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

AA registered practical nurse (RPN) is a designation used primarily in Ontario in Canada. It is essentially the equivalent of a licensed practical nurse (LPN), a designation in use in other provinces and throughout the United States. RPNs usually work as direct reports to registered nurses (RN) in the field of hospital and clinical care. They perform many of the routine duties normally associated with nursing and also report any noted changes in the patient that may affect ongoing treatment.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $54K. Registered Practical Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $59K.

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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000

Experienced
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Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
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Acute Care
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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