Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Senior Charge Nurses in the United States take home approximately $32.54 per hour on average. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a fair number. Female Senior Charge Nurses far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Senior Charge Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,850 - $103,757
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$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,306
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$25.64 - $47.87
(Median)
$26
$33
$48
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,850 - $103,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
Total Pay (?
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$53,740 - $103,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Hourly Rate
$25.64 - $47.87  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $65.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
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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$53,740 - $103,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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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Senior Charge Nurses tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A common career progression for a Senior Charge Nurse is to become a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Director. Compared to Senior Charge Nurses, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Professional skills reported by Senior Charge Nurses are few in number. Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Charge Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $62K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $65K on average. Senior Charge Nurses see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $73K.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Telemetry
up arrow 19%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 6%

National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 20%