The average Psychiatric Nurse in the United States earns approximately $28.49 per hour. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,256 - $80,727
$42K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,204
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$22.59 - $37.75
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MEDIAN: $28.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$42,256 - $80,727  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $11,069  
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$46,013 - $80,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$22.59 - $37.75  
   
Overtime
$13.14 - $53.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$484.79 - $11,069  
   
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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$46,013 - $80,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 815

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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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For Psychiatric Nurses, progressing to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner can earn $93K annually.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Psychiatric Nurses report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Psychiatric Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. Psychiatric Nurses who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $67K.

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 101 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries




Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$60,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
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: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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