Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Senior Charge Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $32.35 per hour. A strong majority report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. Women account for the majority of Senior Charge Nurses who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. The majority of Senior Charge Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,850 - $103,605
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$50K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,889
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$25.36 - $44.43
(Median)
$25
$32
$44
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,850 - $103,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
Total Pay (?
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$53,232 - $102,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Hourly Rate
$25.36 - $44.43  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $66.94  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
   
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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$53,232 - $102,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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Job Description for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

  • 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 Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $76K per year. Senior Charge Nurses most often move into positions as Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Job skills reported by Senior Charge Nurses are limited. Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 20 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

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


Senior Charge Nurses do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $62K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $65K. Senior Charge Nurses bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Charge Nurses who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $73K.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Telemetry
up arrow 20%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 6%

National Average
$69,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 17%
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