Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Average RN Charge Nurses in the United States make around $29.04 per hour. Compensation ranges between $22.35 per hour and $39.08. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for RN Charge Nurses is high. Female RN Charge Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,731 - $86,998
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $65,090
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$22.35 - $39.08
(Median)
$22
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,731 - $86,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$47,549 - $85,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.35 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$25.95 - $56.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$47,549 - $85,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,838
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Family Nurse Practitioners. That role pays $80K per year on average. Becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that RN Charge Nurses move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $72K. Another frequent advance is for RN Charge Nurses to assume an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role; in this role, workers often earn $60K.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of RN Charge Nurses. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, WellStar Health System offers the most; RN Charge Nurses earn $71K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are HCA, Inc. at $66K, Fresinius at $65K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where RN Charge Nurses annually earn $65K.

RN Charge Nurses will find the worst pay at Golden LivingCenters, where the median salary crawls in at $50K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $74K, leaving little room for growth. DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($61K, $63K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


RN Charge Nurses seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Rehabilitation. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for RN Charge Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

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Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries





Oncology
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Pediatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Telemetry
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Dialysis
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Case Management
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National Average
$63,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 417 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%
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