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Charge Nurse (RN) Salary (United States)

Average RN Charge Nurses in the United States make around $28.73 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.07 per hour, and the top verges on $38.60. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Female RN Charge Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Charge Nurse (RN) Salary (?
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$45,509 - $86,284
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MEDIAN: $63,440
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Charge Nurse (RN) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$22.07 - $38.60
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,509 - $86,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,319  
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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$46,904 - $85,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.07 - $38.60  
   
Overtime
$25.06 - $55.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,319  
   
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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$46,904 - $85,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,793
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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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RN Charge Nurses do not often transition into Family Nurse Practitioner roles. The role averages $79K per year. The most common career progression for RN Charge Nurses leads to becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager, where average pay is $72K annually. However, many RN Charge Nurses also opt to become Emergency Room Registered Nurses. Typically, an Emergency Room Registered Nurse brings home $60K.

Charge Nurse (RN) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)

RN Charge Nurses flock to DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, 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 HCA, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $66K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($48K versus $106K) is great.
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.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)

Survey results imply that RN Charge Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Obstetrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Hospice. Most people experienced in Medicine / Surgery also know Geriatrics and Telemetry. Most people who know Acute Care also know 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $70K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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Houston
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San Antonio
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Denver
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Dallas
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National Average
$62,000
Tampa
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Tulsa
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Colorado Springs
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Indianapolis
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Nashville
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St. Louis
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Oklahoma City
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Fort Wayne
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RN Charge Nurses will find that Phoenix offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a RN Charge Nurse's salary, with Fort Wayne RN Charge Nurses earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Oklahoma City and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Pediatrics
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Telemetry
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Dialysis
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Case Management
0%
National Average
$62,000
Psychiatric
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up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 447 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%