Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salary

LVN & LPN Charge Nurses in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $20.73 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. For the most part, LVN & LPN Charge Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,100 - $58,149
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$45K
$58K
MEDIAN: $45,232
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$17.27 - $26.53
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$0$58K
Salary $30,100 - $58,149
Bonus $1,000
Profit Sharing $910
Total Pay (?
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$36,223 - $57,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $17.27 - $26.53
Overtime $21.88 - $36.18
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $1,000
Profit Sharing $910
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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$36,223 - $57,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 261

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Job Description for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

A charge nurse (LVN/LPN) is responsible for supervising the nursing staff and making sure that they are performing their duties correctly and up to their employer's standard. Additionally, these individuals are in charge of observing and recording changes in a patient's condition for use of their supervisor and/or the attending physician. They also conduct performance evaluations and make recommendations related to staffing and equipment needs. Additionally, the charge nurse administers prescribed medication, provides treatments, and ensures that all medicine is handled and stored correctly. At all times, this individual must follow their organization's (and any legal) privacy and safety standards.

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Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Tasks

  • Interview patients to determine problems and medical condition.
  • Ensure equipment and rooms are sterilized.
  • Administer medicine, observe patient, and report any adverse reaction to the medication.
  • Assist physician with examination and complete any follow-ups or lab requests.
  • Document patients' status in chart for the physician.

Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


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LVN & LPN Charge Nurses who go on to become Assistant Directors of Nursing may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Assistant Directors of Nursing is $64K annually. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses most often advance into Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


HCR ManorCare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $45K.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)


LVN & LPN Charge Nurses report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with IV Certified, Hospice Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Rehabilitation, Dialysis, and Pediatrics. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Long Term Care and IV Certified.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Pay by Experience for a Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 168 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 118 salaries. An experienced Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 123 salaries. A Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 102 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,869

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For LVN & LPN Charge Nurses, Detroit provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. LVN & LPN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Roanoke ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)?

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Palm Springs:
"Stress level optimal."
Pros: Getting off early. Watching patients improve their lives.
Cons: Over working workings, adding to the workload but not the pay.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Leander:
"Stressful."
Pros: Decent pay.
Cons: Stressed overworked abused.

Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) in Fairfield:
"Nice job."
Pros: Experience directly with the patient and the family is in opportunity to can better person ,better human and be helping person for better life.
Cons: Be ready for new experience and retro and prepare for any new change every day.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

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▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (LVN/LPN) Salaries

IV Certified
▲23%

Hospice Care
▲13%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
▲12%

Medicine / Surgery
▲2%

Critical Care
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%


Acute Care
▼2%

▼3%

▼3%

Pediatrics
▼6%

Dialysis
▼11%

Rehabilitation
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 35%
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