Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

Registered Practical Nurses in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $24.45 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.78 per hour, and the top verges on $36.58. For the most part, Registered Practical Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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Registered Practical Nurses who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Acute Care and Pediatrics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $63K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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