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Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salary

Women account for the majority of Senior Charge Nurses in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $32.19 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,264 - $98,567
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MEDIAN: $68,586
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$25.37 - $44.36
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$50,264 - $98,567  
   
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$0.00 - $4,907  
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$53,363 - $102,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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$25.37 - $44.36  
   
Overtime
$15.78 - $64.20  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $4,907  
   
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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$53,363 - $102,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner offer money in line with Senior Charge Nurses. When Senior Charge Nurses are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Directors. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $4K, respectively.

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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.


For Senior Charge Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. For Senior Charge Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Senior Charge Nurses who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 23%