Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Median pay for Psychiatric Nurses in the United States is around $28.46 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Psychiatric Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Psychiatric Nurses (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$42,983 - $81,682
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MEDIAN: $58,626
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$22.55 - $37.88
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MEDIAN: $28.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,983 - $81,682  
   
Bonus
$482.88 - $11,152  
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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$46,093 - $81,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.55 - $37.88  
   
Overtime
$12.97 - $54.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.88 - $11,152  
   
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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$46,093 - $81,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 816
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


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At the upper end, Psychiatric Nurses who move into a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners is a much higher $93K per year.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Acute Care, Geriatrics, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management and Community Health. 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $57K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. Psychiatric Nurses bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,001

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Psychiatric Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Psychiatric Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+21 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Kansas City and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$60,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries


▲1%

Psychiatric
▼0%

Geriatrics
▼0%

National Average
$60,000

Community Health
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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