Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

Average Registered Practical Nurses in the United States make around $24.90 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. There are far more female Registered Practical Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Job satisfaction for Registered Practical Nurses is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,331 - $86,230
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$86K
MEDIAN: $46,740
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$15.58 - $36.50
(Median)
$16
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,331 - $86,230  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$33,153 - $83,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $36.50  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $64.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
   
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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$33,153 - $83,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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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Registered Practical Nurses only report a few 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $49K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $53K. Registered Practical Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $63K.

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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%
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