Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

RN Charge Nurses in the United States pull down an average of $28.85 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.20 per hour, and the top verges on $38.95. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most RN Charge Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female RN Charge Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,189 - $85,799
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$86K
MEDIAN: $64,538
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$22.20 - $38.95
(Median)
$22
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,189 - $85,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,158  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $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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$47,154 - $85,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.20 - $38.95  
   
Overtime
$25.33 - $56.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,158  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $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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$47,154 - $85,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,817

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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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Though some RN Charge Nurses move into positions like Family Nurse Practitioner (where the average salary is $79K), this progression is not the norm. As RN Charge Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Clinical Nurse Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $72K per year. Another common career choice for RN Charge Nurses is to move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role. Typically, Emergency Room Registered Nurses get paid $60K.

Charge Nurse (RN) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


Dominating the field, DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of RN Charge Nurses. Although HCA, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $67K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $48K or as much as $105K.

Golden LivingCenters offers the least pay with a median salary of $50K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $74K.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Emergency Room, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Hospice. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, RN Charge Nurses make $68K following one to two decades on the job. RN Charge Nurses with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $70K.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries






Pediatrics
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Telemetry
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 18%