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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

The average Psychiatric Nurse in the United States earns approximately $27.81 per hour. Compensation ranges between $21.93 per hour and $37.52. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Psychiatric Nurses are female. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Psychiatric Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,422 - $75,503
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,006
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$21.93 - $37.52
(Median)
$22
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,422 - $75,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,462  
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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$44,489 - $79,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.93 - $37.52  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $58.33  
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 - $1,462  
   
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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$44,489 - $79,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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Job Description for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Psychiatric nurses (RN) provide specialized care to individuals with mental disorders. They may be home care nurses or work in mental health facilities or psychiatric hospitals, working with individuals, groups, and loved ones. Some psychiatric nurses specialize in a specific area of expertise based on age and/or disorder. Depending on their employer, the psychiatric nurse may need to diagnosis illness, start a treatment plan for the patient, maintain health records, and help find therapeutic ways for the patient to manage their mental illness. In addition, most nurses provide information to patients and their loved ones, help prepare patients for therapy, and deliver community education.

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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Compile and evaluate medical history and mental health findings.
  • Facilitate communication between psychiatric services, programs and care givers.
  • Initiate, monitor and recommend medications and treatment changes.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Provide comprehensive assessment of patient.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Psychiatric Nurses typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Psychiatric Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Psychiatric Nurses with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $69K.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Reviews

What is it like working as a Psychiatric Nurse (RN)?

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in Tuscaloosa:
"Behavior Children Center."
Pros: Love helping this children. They have had a hard life. I like to see them smile.
Cons: The pay is low and no full time position- hours low. Single mom need more income.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 8%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Psychiatric
0%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$58,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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