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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary (United States)

The average Psychiatric Nurse in the United States earns approximately $27.57 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $21.90 per hour and $37.91. 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. Work is enjoyable for Psychiatric Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Psychiatric Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary (?
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$39,643 - $76,510
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MEDIAN: $55,462
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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary (?
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$21.90 - $37.91
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,643 - $76,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
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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$44,297 - $79,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.90 - $37.91  
   
Overtime
$11.86 - $58.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
   
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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$44,297 - $79,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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.

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 $88K per year.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Psychiatric Nurses generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Geriatrics, Medicine / Surgery, and Acute Care 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 many Psychiatric Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Psychiatric Nurses make a median salary of $64K. As Psychiatric Nurses reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $67K.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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National Average
$58,000
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Houston
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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Psychiatric Nurses, 21 percent higher than the national average. Psychiatric Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). Psychiatric Nurses in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Houston and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

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

Psychiatric
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National Average
$58,000
Geriatrics
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Medicine / Surgery
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Acute Care
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%