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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Psychiatric Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $27.76 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $21.90 per hour and $37.74. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Psychiatric Nurses (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,313 - $75,022
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$75K
MEDIAN: $56,059
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$21.90 - $37.74
(Median)
$22
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,313 - $75,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$44,431 - $79,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.90 - $37.74  
   
Overtime
$11.71 - $57.68  
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 - $1,510  
   
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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$44,431 - $79,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 485

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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 show that Psychiatric Nurses use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

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


For Psychiatric Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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 5%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$58,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%