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Registered Nurse (RN) Salary (United States)

A Registered Nurse (RN) earns an average wage of $26.41 per hour.
Registered Nurse (RN) Salary (?
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$38,880 - $78,501
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MEDIAN: $55,745
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Registered Nurse (RN) Salary (?
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$20.29 - $37.41
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,880 - $78,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,915  
Profit Sharing
$150.88 - $4,734  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$42,343 - $81,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 8,616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.29 - $37.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.29  
Overtime
$15.54 - $56.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,915  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$150.88 - $4,734  
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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$42,343 - $81,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41,384
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Job Description for Registered Nurse (RN)

A registered nurse (RN) may be employed in a variety of medical settings, including physicians' offices, schools, hospitals, prison settings, and assisted living facilities/nursing homes. RNs provide direct care to patients under the order and supervision of a licensed prescriber (physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant). Daily activities of a nurse may include receiving a patient assignment, assessment of each patient, administering daily medications, attending to patient needs, facilitating patient, family and physician communication, assisting the physician with bedside procedures, monitoring laboratory results, delivering meals and snacks as needed, and monitoring for any changes in condition. The RN creates a daily care plan to manage patient care. The RN may also supervise ancillary staff. Attention to detail and organization is key. The RN must keep meticulous medical records, and may be required to use computers for charting. Health care promotion and education is also a key role of the RN. To become employed as a RN, one must complete a minimum of a 2-year degree in nursing, pass a national nursing certification exam (NCLEX) and become licensed as a registered nurse in the state of residence. Employers show preference to those with a 4-year nursing degree. Specialty areas of nursing (such as critical care, labor and delivery, etc.) may require additional certifications and training. The schedule of an RN varies based on employment location. Hospital-based nurses generally work a total of 3 twelve-hour shifts per week. Office-based nurses work 5-day, 40-hour weeks. Overtime is occasionally required. Shifts for hospital-based RNs can include nights, weekends, and holidays. The RN role may include heavy lifting of patients, exposure to bodily fluids, and large amounts of time on one's feet. With the new health care laws, careers as an RN are in high demand as access to medical care increases.
Registered Nurse (RN) Tasks
  • Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients.
  • Advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.
  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.

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Registered Nurse (RN) Reviews

What is it like working as a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Registered Nurse (RN) in Jacksonville:
"My Career In Nursing."
Pros: Servicing my clients and providing the best quality of life for their current health situation.
Cons: Some of the challenges of working in Long term care are the ratio of client to nurse is so excessive added to the increasingly high acuity levels makes it more and more challenging to provide the best care for all patients.
Registered Nurse (RN) in Quincy:
"A Day in The Job Of An RN."
Pros: I love the opportunity to apply critical assessments skills in a fast paced environment. My coworkers make for a fun work environment which stimulates growth in knowledge and understanding.
Cons: Working weekends and holidays can be very tiring as well as having to use payed-time-off for any holidays that I do get off.
Registered Nurse (RN) in Vancouver:
"Pediatric RN."
Pros: I love the flexibility of my job. I have a young family and this jobs fits well into my life style while still giving me a challenge. It is less stressful compared to working in the hospital. I also love all the physicians I work with.
Cons: I don't have hands on patient care. I am at a desk all day and so I don't get to use my clinical skills.
Registered Nurse (RN) in Bossier City:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I've met so many appreciative patients. Their appreciation and kind words give me the fuel to continue on in my career everyday.
Cons: It's stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes we don't have enough nurses, so our patients don't get the quality of care they deserve. I feel like the physicians don't appreciate us at times. We spend the majority of the patient'a admission with the patient, not the doctors.

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Experience Affects Registered Nurse (RN) Salaries

National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Registered Nurse (RN) Salaries

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Telemetry
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Cardiology
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Acute Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 12493 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%