Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Median pay for Psychiatric Nurses in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $27.68 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $21.94 per hour and $37.10. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Psychiatric Nurses (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Job satisfaction for Psychiatric Nurses is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,235 - $75,864
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,649
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$21.94 - $37.10
(Median)
$22
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,235 - $75,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Total Pay (?
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$44,767 - $78,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$21.94 - $37.10  
   
Overtime
$10.67 - $55.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$44,767 - $78,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 732
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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.

Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


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Psychiatric Nurses may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The latter position pays an average of $91K annually.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Psychiatric Nurses only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management. Those familiar with Geriatrics also tend to know 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Psychiatric Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Reviews

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

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in St. Louis:
"Never a dull moment!"
Pros: Variety of tasks. Fast paced and mentally challenging. Watching my patients go from acutely psychotic to fully functioning individuals.
Cons: Taxing on your emotions. Not being able to educate patients due to their mental status. Cannot cure my patients because I work in an acute care setting. I believe we accommodate drug seekers. Our hospital tends to be the dumping ground for all psych patients that are turned away by everyone else. The lack of protocol when it comes to admitting forensic psych patients. Large employee turnover due to lack of adherence to hospital and state policies.

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 4%

Geriatrics
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Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$58,000

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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