Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Earnings for Senior Charge Nurses in the United States come in at around $33.38 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Senior Charge Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Most Senior Charge Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority have medical and dental plans, and the larger part have vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,276 - $107,182
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MEDIAN: $69,854
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$25.71 - $45.65
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$53,276 - $107,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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$54,858 - $104,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Hourly Rate
$25.71 - $45.65  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $67.08  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$54,858 - $104,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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Job Description for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

A senior charge nurse (RN) oversees a department within a hospital and directs its staff, so leadership and managerial skills are essential in this position. These senior nurses may have administrative duties, such as hiring and firing, scheduling, payroll, and carrying out employee evaluations, and will often delegate specific duties to nursing staff. Inventory duties are also necessary so that supplies are always available.

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Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Educate the nursing staff on patient care.
  • Supervise the delivery of care in a nursing unit.
  • Communicate patient status to incoming nursing shift and to physicians.
  • Coordinate the activities of the unit and assign work to the nursing staff.
  • Institute emergency procedures as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)


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It doesn't happen often, but some Senior Charge Nurses do move on to become Family Nurse Practitioners. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $81K per year. Becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Director is, however, a more typical career progression for Senior Charge Nurses.

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Survey takers who work as Senior Charge Nurses usually report a few specific skills. Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Charge Nurses, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $66K on average. Senior Charge Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $75K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Telemetry
up arrow 16%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 5%

Oncology
0%

National Average
$72,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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