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Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Median pay for RN Charge Nurses in the United States is around $28.87 per hour. Compensation ranges from $22.26 per hour on the lower end to $39.06 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female RN Charge Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,189 - $85,799
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$86K
MEDIAN: $64,427
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$22.26 - $39.06
(Median)
$22
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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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
$46,189 - $85,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $6,000  
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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$47,248 - $85,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.26 - $39.06  
   
Overtime
$25.40 - $56.21  
National Annualized 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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $6,000  
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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$47,248 - $85,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,827

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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 $80K annually. As RN Charge Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Clinical Nurse Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $72K per year. Another common career choice for RN Charge Nurses is to move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role. Typically, Emergency Room Registered Nurses get paid $60K.

Charge Nurse (RN) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses flock to DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. HCA, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $66K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $48K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $105K.

Salaries are easily beat at Golden LivingCenters, where median pay comes to just $50K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $44K and ending at $74K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


Survey results imply that RN Charge Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Emergency Room, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled in Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (RN)

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


For RN Charge Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. RN Charge Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries






Pediatrics
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Telemetry
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Dialysis
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Case Management
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National Average
$63,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 435 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 18%
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