Charge Nurse (RN) Salary
|Salary||$48,651 - $95,716|
|Bonus||$215.00 - $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).)
|$50,400 - $90,523|
|Hourly Rate||$23.93 - $41.36|
|Overtime||$19.57 - $61.13|
|Bonus||$215.00 - $6,000|
|Total Pay (||$50,400 - $90,523|
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.Read More...
A charge nurse usually is expected to plan and maintain the schedule of the nursing and support staff and may work on the unit's budget. The charge nurse often has the responsibility of monitoring inventories of supplies and medicines. Typical coworkers include nurses, certified nurses assistants, physical therapists, nutritional aides, doctors, and respiratory therapists. The charge nurse often works closely with the unit manager.
Above-average communication skills are mandatory for charge nurses. Completion of training as a registered nurse is required through completing a bachelor's or associate's degree. A charge nurse usually works 12-hour shifts in a hospital setting. Some charge nurse may work a shorter shift, closer to 8 hours, while some charge nurses may work a 16-hour shift. Often, charge nurses working 12-hour shifts or longer can expect to work three days a week, but this will vary depending on the individual and the facility.
Charge Nurse (RN) Tasks
- Coordinate the activities of the unit and assign work to the nursing staff.
- Institute emergency procedures as necessary.
- Communicate patient status to incoming nursing shift and to physicians.
- Educate the nursing staff on patient care.
- Supervise the delivery of care in a nursing unit.
Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (RN)
RN Charge Nurses sometimes assume positions such as Family Nurse Practitioners. That role pays $82K per year on average. A common career progression for a RN Charge Nurse is to become a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Manager. Compared to RN Charge Nurses, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.
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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 top-notch employers for RN Charge Nurses in this area. For RN Charge Nurses, comfortable salaries can be found at Providence Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $88K, the highest in the area. Also paying near the top of the field are The Veterans Administration (United States) at $78K, Uhs-Pruitt Corporation at $74K, and WellStar Health System, where RN Charge Nurses annually earn $71K.
With a median salary of only $51K (75 percent less than the top paying company), Golden LivingCenters lags significantly in the earnings department. Genesis HealthCare, CHS, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $55K, $56K, and $58K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)
Survey takers working as RN Charge Nurses report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Pediatrics. Most people familiar with 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.
For RN Charge Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $59K. RN Charge Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. RN Charge Nurses who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $75K.
Pay Difference by Location
For RN Charge Nurses, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Tampa (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Birmingham ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Cincinnati and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.
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