Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

RN Charge Nurses in the United States take home an average $29.28 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.78 per hour, and the top verges on $39.75. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. RN Charge Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,740 - $89,882
(Median)
$47K
$66K
$90K
MEDIAN: $66,030
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$22.78 - $39.75
(Median)
$23
$29
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,740 - $89,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$48,233 - $87,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.78 - $39.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.57  
Overtime
$26.96 - $59.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$48,233 - $87,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,154
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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 $81K 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 $9K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Nursing Managers.

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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. WellStar Health System offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $66K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider HCA, Inc., Fresinius, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., top-paying firms where RN Charge Nurses rake in a comfortable $65K, $65K, or $63K, respectively.

Golden LivingCenters offers the least pay with a median salary of $51K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $74K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Genesis HealthCare ($54K), Kindred Healthcare ($58K), and DaVita Inc. ($61K).

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. Most people familiar with Acute Care also know Telemetry, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 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 the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,186

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For RN Charge Nurses, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. RN Charge Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+18 percent), Albuquerque (+13 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Kansas City (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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