Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

RN Charge Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $29.04 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $22.40 per hour and $39.06. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of RN Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of RN Charge Nurses (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,750 - $87,718

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$22.40 - $39.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,750 - $87,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
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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$47,670 - $85,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.40 - $39.06  
   
Overtime
$26.14 - $56.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
   
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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$47,670 - $85,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,843
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, RN Charge Nurses sometimes become Family Nurse Practitioners, where the average income is $80K per year. Going from RN Charge Nurse to Clinical Nurse Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $72K. Many others choose to work as Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where pay is typically $60K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


Many RN Charge Nurses can be found at DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius, firms that are at the top of the field. WellStar Health System offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $71K. Also paying near the top of the field are HCA, Inc. at $66K, Fresinius at $65K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where RN Charge Nurses annually earn $64K.

Employees at Golden LivingCenters take home the smallest paychecks, and $51K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $45K and quickly nearing the top at only $74K. DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($61K, $63K, and $64K respectively).

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses seem to wield many 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 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed 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.


RN Charge Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. 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 $71K.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries





Oncology
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Pediatrics
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Telemetry
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Case Management
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Dialysis
0%

National Average
$63,000

Psychiatric
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 413 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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