Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of RN Charge Nurses in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $30.80 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for RN Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,447 - $95,757
$48K
$68K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,440
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$24.07 - $41.61
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MEDIAN: $30.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,447 - $95,757  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,666  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$50,597 - $91,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.07 - $41.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$17.39  
Overtime
$16.47 - $60.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,666  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$50,597 - $91,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,425

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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 do not often transition into Family Nurse Practitioner roles. The role averages $82K per year. When RN Charge Nurses are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Managers. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses flock to HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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.

RN Charge Nurses will find the worst pay at Golden LivingCenters, where the median salary crawls in at $51K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $74K, leaving little room for growth. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include CHS, Inc. ($56K), Genesis HealthCare ($57K), and Kindred Healthcare ($58K).

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 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Hospice. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of 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: $66,185

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Home to some of the best pay for RN Charge Nurses, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Birmingham. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Cincinnati and 4 percent less in Nashville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 379 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
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

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$66,000

▼3%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 379 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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%
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