Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

An average Senior Charge Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $34.99 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Senior Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Senior Charge Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,495 - $119,904
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $72,370
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$25.43 - $47.02
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MEDIAN: $34.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,495 - $119,904  
   
Bonus
$486.05 - $15,000  
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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$54,170 - $109,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$25.43 - $47.02  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $80.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$486.05 - $15,000  
   
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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$54,170 - $109,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)


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Senior Charge Nurses tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Family Nurse Practitioner. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A lot of Senior Charge Nurses advance their careers by becoming Clinical Nurse Managers and Nursing Directors. However, those positions offer $3K less and $2K less per year on average.

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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 in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

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Key Stats for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
48%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲2%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$76,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Critical Care
▲15%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲4%

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
▲2%

National Average
$76,000

Telemetry
▼2%

Oncology
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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