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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

Registered Practical Nurses in the United States take home approximately $24.33 per hour on average. Most Registered Practical Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Registered Practical Nurses (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,988 - $86,626
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$87K
MEDIAN: $47,932
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$15.55 - $36.63
(Median)
$16
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,988 - $86,626  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$32,959 - $84,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $36.63  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $64.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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).
)
$32,959 - $84,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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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Survey takers who work as Registered Practical Nurses usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Pediatrics, Medicine / Surgery, and Acute Care 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 who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $51K on average. For Registered Practical Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $65K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 26%