Women account for the majority of RN Charge Nurses in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $30.51 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of RN Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,651 - $95,716
$49K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,862
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$23.93 - $41.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,651 - $95,716  
   
Bonus
$215.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$50,400 - $90,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.93 - $41.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.32  
Overtime
$19.57 - $61.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$215.00 - $6,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$50,400 - $90,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,132

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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

  • 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)


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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

National Average: $65,560

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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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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 327 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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