Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses can expect to earn an average of $18.17 per hour. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — close to a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,763 - $51,377
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$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,918
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$14.46 - $23.35
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MEDIAN: $17.98
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$0$51K
Salary $25,763 - $51,377
Bonus $8.79 - $2,511
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,061
Commission $1,000
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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$30,002 - $50,237
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,729
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $14.46 - $23.35
Hourly Tips $0.20 - $4.95
Overtime $17.94 - $34.53
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $8.79 - $2,511
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,061
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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$30,002 - $50,237
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17,419

Job Description for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) are responsible for using their extensive training in a wide range of nursing tasks and patient-care objectives. These nurses must have strong communication skills to interact with patients, listen to their concerns, talk to their families, and solve any issues as soon as they arise. They must also be organized and pay close attention to detail to facilitate this care.

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Tasks

  • Provide basic medical care helping physicians and registered nurses to focus in more specialized areas in patient care.
  • May include some clerical work and may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  • Take temperatures, dress wounds, record vital signs, collect blood and urine samples and prep patients for examinations, etc.

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, DaVita Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, PSA healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, and V.A. Medical Center are leading firms in the industry. Genesis HealthCare pays the most with a median salary of $43K, though there is little variation overall ($36K to $57K). Maxim Healthcare Services, Maxim, and Kindred Healthcare also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $43K, $42K, and $41K, respectively.

Sanford Health offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $29K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $25K to $37K. Employees at V.A. Medical Center, Golden LivingCenters, and DaVita Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $36K, $37K, and $37K.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,998

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

For Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Practical Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+22 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Cleveland (+6 percent), and Indianapolis (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Rochester is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville (3 percent lower) and Columbus (2 percent lower).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Dayton:
"Learn to multitask."
Be prepared to learn new things.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in La Grange:
"Passing on the skill."
Listen.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Moline:
"Shoot for your dreams."
Keep your eyes and ears open. Your learning has just begun. Be open and compassionate but grounded.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Farmville:
"Follow your dreams and never stop dreaming."
The whole process of being responsible for someone else's well being or even their life, is very scary. The thing to remember is that you are never alone and never be afraid to ask for help. Also, never feel like you are too old to follow your dreams. I was 55 when my journey begin and it was not easy but I reached my goals.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Savannah:
"Nurses eat their young."
Never get complacent always double check everything.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Scottsbluff:
"Nursing doesnt pay."
No future in LPN licensure, except long term care.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florence:
Go back to school to obtain your RN.

Key Stats for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1536 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
15%

Skills That Affect Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Salaries

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▲5%

▲4%



▲3%

▲3%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000


▼2%

Gynecology
▼2%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼3%

Telemetry
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1536 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 34%