Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Median pay for Psychiatric Nurses in the United States is around $27.70 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $21.91 per hour and $37.40. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most Psychiatric Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Psychiatric Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,842 - $75,518
(Median)
$41K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,407
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$21.91 - $37.40
(Median)
$22
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$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,842 - $75,518  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,318  
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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$44,521 - $78,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.91 - $37.40  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $58.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,318  
   
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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$44,521 - $78,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
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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)


Survey results imply that Psychiatric Nurses put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

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


Psychiatric Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Psychiatric Nurses see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $68K.

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 6%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$58,000

Acute Care
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%
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