Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Median pay for RN Charge Nurses in the United States is around $29.00 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $22.33 per hour to $39.08. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. RN Charge Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of RN Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,768 - $86,916
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,917
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$22.33 - $39.08
(Median)
$22
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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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
$46,768 - $86,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
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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$47,515 - $85,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.33 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$25.91 - $56.42  
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 - $1,022  
   
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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$47,515 - $85,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,848
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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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RN Charge Nurses do not often transition into Family Nurse Practitioner roles. The role averages $80K per year. A Clinical Nurse Manager role is the most common promotion for RN Charge Nurses moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $72K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for RN Charge Nurses is an Emergency Room Registered Nurse position, where earnings are usually $60K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of RN Charge Nurses include DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius. RN Charge Nurses flock to WellStar Health System for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $71K lead the pack in compensation.

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 substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. RN Charge Nurses see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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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 424 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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