Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Practical Nurses in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $24.45 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $15.78 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $36.58. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,000 - $97,767
(Median)
$32K
$55K
$98K
MEDIAN: $55,000
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$15.78 - $36.58
(Median)
$16
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$32,000 - $97,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
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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$33,592 - $85,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $36.58  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $64.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
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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$33,592 - $85,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.


Registered Practical Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $49K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $53K. On average, Registered Practical Nurses make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $63K.

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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 17%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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