Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

The average Senior Charge Nurse in the United States earns approximately $32.30 per hour. Most Senior Charge Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number get medical and dental insurance, and the larger part get vision plans, too. The vast majority of Senior Charge Nurses (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,850 - $103,605
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$50K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,889
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$25.36 - $43.71
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$25
$32
$44
MEDIAN: $32.00
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Salary
$49,850 - $103,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
Total Pay (?
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$53,232 - $102,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Hourly Rate
$25.36 - $43.71  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $65.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
   
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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$53,232 - $102,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Senior Charge Nurses who move on to become Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $76K. Typical career progression for a Senior Charge Nurse involves becoming a Clinical Nurse Manager or a Nursing Director, roles that pay $3K more and $4K more on average.

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Survey results show that Senior Charge Nurses typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $62K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. Senior Charge Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. 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 $73K.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
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National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
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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
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 18%
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