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Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

Pay for Registered Practical Nurses in the United States sits in the ballpark of $24.56 per hour. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Registered Practical Nurses are female. Work is enjoyable for Registered Practical Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,104 - $86,491
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$86K
MEDIAN: $46,740
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$15.58 - $37.21
(Median)
$16
$25
$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
$31,104 - $86,491  
   
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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$33,056 - $84,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $37.21  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $64.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$33,056 - $84,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Typical Registered Practical Nurses report a focused set of job skills. Acute Care and Pediatrics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $49K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Practical Nurses make a median salary of $64K. 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 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salaries

Acute Care
up arrow 9%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 27%
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