RN Charge Nurses in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $30.32 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most RN Charge Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,429 - $95,357
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $67,945
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$23.80 - $41.45
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$24
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$41
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$47,429 - $95,357  
   
Bonus
$60.82 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$50,038 - $90,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.80 - $41.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.32  
Overtime
$17.23 - $61.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$60.82 - $5,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$50,038 - $90,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,048
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Job Description for Charge Nurse (RN)

A charge nurse most often works in a hospital or a similar health-care environments such as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. A charge nurse is effectively the manager of the department or hospital unit to which they are assigned. Common duties include overseeing operations, monitoring admissions and discharges, and directing and overseeing the activities of the nursing and support staff. A charge nurse also often is responsible for direct patient charge, as well as any additional duties assigned to the role of charge nurse.

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Charge Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Educate the nursing staff on patient care.
  • Supervise the delivery of care in a nursing unit.
  • Communicate patient status to incoming nursing shift and to physicians.
  • Coordinate the activities of the unit and assign work to the nursing staff.
  • Institute emergency procedures as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (RN)


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It's not very common for RN Charge Nurses to move on to become Family Nurse Practitioners. Average pay for a Family Nurse Practitioner is $82K annually. Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Managers are common next-step roles for RN Charge Nurses moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Nurse Managers is $8K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Nursing Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of RN Charge Nurses. The Veterans Administration (United States) offers the largest salaries in town — $78K on average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks at WellStar Health System ($75K), Providence Hospital ($73K), and DaVita Inc. ($71K).

Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $51K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $45K to $74K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Genesis HealthCare ($54K), Kindred Healthcare ($58K), and SSM Health Care ($61K).

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Intensive Care Unit, and Dialysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Pediatrics. Most people experienced in Acute Care also know Medicine / Surgery and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (RN)

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


RN Charge Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. RN Charge Nurses bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,120

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For RN Charge Nurses, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. RN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Denver (+16 percent), and Tampa (+14 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Nashville and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries







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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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