Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Most RN Charge Nurses in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $30.66 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,775 - $97,392
$49K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $68,911
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$23.99 - $41.34
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MEDIAN: $30.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,775 - $97,392  
   
Bonus
$181.21 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$50,477 - $90,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.99 - $41.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.32  
Overtime
$17.29 - $60.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$181.21 - $5,872  
   
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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$50,477 - $90,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,156

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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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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 $82K annually. It is quite typical for RN Charge Nurses to transition into roles as Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Managers, where reported median earnings are $7K and $8K higher per year.

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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 all popular places to work. 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.

75 percent less than the top paying company, Golden LivingCenters offers a median salary of just $51K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. CHS, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Kindred Healthcare also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $56K, $57K, and $58K.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Hospice. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent 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: $65,898

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RN Charge Nurses will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Nashville (5 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 328 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

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$66,000

▼3%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 328 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%
no benefits
None: 16%