Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Average Senior Charge Nurses in the United States make around $35.64 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Senior Charge Nurses who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Charge Nurses. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,270 - $110,539
$55K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,593
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$25.33 - $47.68
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$48
MEDIAN: $35.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,270 - $110,539  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $10,174  
Total Pay (?
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$53,600 - $109,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$25.33 - $47.68  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $79.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$484.79 - $10,174  
   
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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$53,600 - $109,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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 sometimes move into a Family Nurse Practitioner role, where the salary is similar. Many Senior Charge Nurses go on to become Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

Pay by Experience for a Senior Charge Nurse (RN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Charge Nurse (RN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Charge Nurse (RN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Senior Charge Nurse (RN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 73 salaries. A Senior Charge Nurse (RN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 75 salaries.

Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Charge Nurse (RN)?

Senior Charge Nurse (RN) in Wharton:
"How hard it is, and its all about the money they make."
Just give it your all do what in your heart is right, no matter how frustrating it gets. Because we know as nurses its not about the patients anymore, it all boils down to cutting cost and how much money they can make, they more you do, short staffed, the more they will continue to let it happen.

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Key Stats for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
45%
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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲1%

National Average
$78,000

Experienced
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼25%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Critical Care
▲13%


Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
▼0%

National Average
$78,000

Telemetry
▼4%

Oncology
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%
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