Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

RN Charge Nurses in the United States take home an average $31.04 per hour. Cash earnings for RN Charge Nurses — including $8K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $92K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, RN Charge Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of RN Charge Nurses (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,826 - $95,414
$49K
$68K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,455
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$24.30 - $42.20
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MEDIAN: $31.04
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$0$95K
Salary $48,826 - $95,414
Bonus $197.97 - $7,757
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,156
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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$51,100 - $92,295
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 411
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $24.30 - $42.20
Hourly Tips $17.20
Overtime $16.89 - $61.38
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $197.97 - $7,757
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,156
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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$51,100 - $92,295
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,707

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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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Though some RN Charge Nurses move into positions like Family Nurse Practitioner (where the average salary is $82K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $7K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Nursing Managers.

Charge Nurse (RN) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius are leaders in the field that employ a large number of RN Charge Nurses. For RN Charge Nurses, comfortable salaries can be found at Providence Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $88K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Veterans Administration (United States), Uhs-Pruitt Corporation, and WellStar Health System, where RN Charge Nurses typically earn around $78K, $74K, or $71K, respectively.

Golden LivingCenters doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $51K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $74K and scope of pay is rather limited. CHS, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Kindred Healthcare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($56K, $57K, and $58K respectively).

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, Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Hospice. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Medicine / Surgery and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (RN)

Pay by Experience for a Charge Nurse (RN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Charge Nurse (RN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 812 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Charge Nurse (RN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 799 salaries. An experienced Charge Nurse (RN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 759 salaries. A Charge Nurse (RN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 599 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,741

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

For those looking to make money, RN Charge Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Birmingham is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Cincinnati and Nashville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Charge Nurse (RN) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Charge Nurse (RN)?

Charge Nurse (RN) in Bethesda:
"Dialysis Nursing."
Pros: The satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in someone's life/healthcare.
Cons: The long hours and difficult employees to work with.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$67,000

▼4%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 17%
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