Senior Charge Nurses in the United States take home an average $35.04 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Senior Charge Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$55,304 - $115,624
(Median)
$55K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,774
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$25.51 - $49.05
(Median)
$26
$35
$49
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,304 - $115,624  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $22,685  
Total Pay (?
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$54,463 - $108,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$25.51 - $49.05  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $80.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$484.79 - $22,685  
   
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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$54,463 - $108,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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

  • 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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As Senior Charge Nurses make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Family Nurse Practitioner position pays around the same amount as the Senior Charge Nurse job on average. Senior Charge Nurses most often move into Clinical Nurse Manager or Nursing Director roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Charge Nurse (RN)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $68K. Senior Charge Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $80K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries


National Average
$76,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 21%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 7%

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$76,000

Telemetry
up arrow 2%

Oncology
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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