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Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

The average Senior Charge Nurse in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $32.54 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a strong majority. Most Senior Charge Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more female Senior Charge Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,850 - $103,605
(Median)
$50K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,472
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$25.62 - $47.66
(Median)
$26
$33
$48
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,850 - $103,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$53,658 - $102,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.62 - $47.66  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $65.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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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$53,658 - $102,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners on average make about as much as Senior Charge Nurses do. It is quite typical for Senior Charge Nurses to transition into roles as Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Directors, where reported median earnings are $2K and $3K higher per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Senior Charge Nurses who took the survey. Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 20 percent and 5 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $62K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $65K. For Senior Charge Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $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 20%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 5%

National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

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