Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Salary

For Registered Practical Nurses, hourly average wages total $24.81 per hour. The majority of Registered Practical Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Registered Practical Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,331 - $86,230
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$31K
$47K
$86K
MEDIAN: $46,740
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$15.55 - $36.56
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$16
$25
$37
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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$33,104 - $83,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $36.56  
   
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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$33,104 - $83,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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 usually 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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $53K. On average, Registered Practical Nurses make $64K following one to two decades on the job. 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 23%

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 14%

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
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 27%
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