Average Psychiatric Nurses in the United States make around $28.33 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,018 - $78,651
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$42K
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$79K
MEDIAN: $57,703
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$22.50 - $37.70
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$23
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$38
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$42,018 - $78,651  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $11,435  
Total Pay (?
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$45,790 - $80,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$22.50 - $37.70  
   
Overtime
$13.18 - $52.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $11,435  
   
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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$45,790 - $80,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 781
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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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Psychiatric Nurses' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The average Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner brings home $92K per year.

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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, Acute Care, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $56K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
$60,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
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National Average
$60,000

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 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: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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