Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

The average Psychiatric Nurse in the United States earns approximately $27.61 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $21.93 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $37.35. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Psychiatric Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Job satisfaction for Psychiatric Nurses is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,927 - $75,317

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$21.93 - $37.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,927 - $75,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
Total Pay (?
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$44,670 - $78,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.93 - $37.35  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $58.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
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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$44,670 - $78,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 522
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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)


Psychiatric Nurses who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Psychiatric, Geriatrics, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Psychiatric Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Psychiatric Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $67K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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
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Psychiatric
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Geriatrics
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National Average
$58,000

Acute Care
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 20%
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