Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

For RN Charge Nurses, hourly average wages total $29.28 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $22.78 per hour and $39.75. While career length and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The vast majority of RN Charge Nurses (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most RN Charge Nurses. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,740 - $89,882
(Median)
$47K
$66K
$90K
MEDIAN: $66,030
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$22.78 - $39.75
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$23
$29
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,740 - $89,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$48,233 - $87,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.78 - $39.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.57  
Overtime
$26.96 - $59.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$48,233 - $87,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,154
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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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While RN Charge Nurses do not often become Family Nurse Practitioners, the job pays $81K per year on average. Typical career progression for a RN Charge Nurse involves becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Manager, roles that pay $9K more and $9K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius are all popular places to work. WellStar Health System offers the largest salaries in town — $66K on average. HCA, Inc., Fresinius, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with RN Charge Nurses earning around $65K, $65K, or $63K at each firm, respectively.

Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $51K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $45K to $74K. Genesis HealthCare, Kindred Healthcare, and DaVita Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $54K, $58K, and $61K.

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


Survey results imply that RN Charge Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Telemetry, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Geriatrics.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. RN Charge Nurses who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,186

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

Home to some of the best pay for RN Charge Nurses, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+18 percent), Albuquerque (+13 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis and Kansas City (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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