Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Senior Charge Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $32.30 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. In this profession, a strong majority enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority (87 percent) of Senior Charge Nurses who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,779 - $103,955

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$25.04 - $44.34

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$49,779 - $103,955  
   
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$0.00 - $4,848  
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$52,817 - $102,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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$25.04 - $44.34  
   
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$16.80 - $67.28  
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$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Total Pay (?
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$52,817 - $102,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Charge Nurses move into roles as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $76K per year. Career advancement for the typical Senior Charge Nurse often leads to becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Director; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Survey results show that Senior Charge Nurses typically report just a few professional skills. 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.


For Senior Charge Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $62K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. 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 $72K.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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