Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Psychiatric Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $28.55 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Psychiatric Nurses are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,728 - $81,845
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$59K
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MEDIAN: $59,008
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$22.57 - $38.00
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MEDIAN: $28.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,728 - $81,845  
   
Bonus
$483.39 - $11,069  
Total Pay (?
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$46,182 - $81,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.57 - $38.00  
   
Overtime
$13.11 - $54.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$483.39 - $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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$46,182 - $81,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 847

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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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As Psychiatric Nurses transition into upper-level roles such as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners earn $93K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Survey results suggest that Psychiatric Nurses use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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)

Pay by Experience for a Psychiatric Nurse (RN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychiatric Nurse (RN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 631 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychiatric Nurse (RN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 235 salaries. An experienced Psychiatric Nurse (RN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 209 salaries. A Psychiatric Nurse (RN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 201 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,229

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

Psychiatric Nurses will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Psychiatric Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+20 percent), Phoenix (+19 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Kansas City (12 percent lower) and St. Louis (11 percent lower).

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 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲10%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$60,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries


▲1%

Psychiatric
▼0%

Geriatrics
▼0%

National Average
$60,000


Community Health
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 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
15%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 19%
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