Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salary (United States)

A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse earns an average wage of $29.85 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. A skill in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is associated with high pay for this job.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salary (?
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$44,650 - $87,500
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MEDIAN: $61,784
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salary (?
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$22.33 - $42.26
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,650 - $87,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,459  
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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$46,706 - $91,178  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.33 - $42.26  
   
Overtime
$11.66 - $61.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,459  
   
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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$46,706 - $91,178  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 697
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Job Description for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse

A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) registered nurse specializes in the care of newborn babies that are premature or have an illness/other issues that require intensive care. They are part of the team of providers caring for the infant and must work with doctors, certified nurses assistants, and other nurses within the NICU. These nurses are trained to work with three classes of neonatal care; class III is the most severe and usually comprises the newborns in the neonatal intensive care units. An NICU registered nurse often also provides care to the families of their newborn patient. This care can be informal or formal in nature, and it usually is in the form of emotional support and providing information on the care the newborn is receiving. Newborns need around-the-clock care, so NICU registered nurses may work a variety of shifts, both day and night, that may vary from eight to 16 hours long. NICU registered nurses may work in public and private hospitals.
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Tasks
  • Meet the standards of Practice for a Level II and Level III NICU and managing all assigned personnel, supplies and equipment.
  • Participate in development and implementation of policies and procedures for the NICU that guide and support the provision of services.
  • Perform neonatal assessment of Level II/III NICU patients and Newborn Nursery patients.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for assigned patients in the NICU and Newborn Nursery.
  • Performs nursing care of Level II/III NICU patients and Newborn Nursery patients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Phoenix
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Chicago
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Tulsa
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National Average
$63,000
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Denver
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San Antonio
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Miami
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Experience Affects Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salaries

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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National Average
$63,000

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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 16%
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