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Staff Nurse Salary

For Staff Nurses, hourly average wages total $28.51 per hour. Pay ranges from $20.47 per hour on the low end to $40.23 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,240 - $85,530
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,816
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$20.47 - $40.23
(Median)
$20
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,240 - $85,530  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,319  
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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$41,934 - $86,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.47 - $40.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$10.25 - $60.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $8,319  
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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$41,934 - $86,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,299

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Job Description for Staff Nurse

Staff nurses generally work in hospitals and long-term care facilities. These nurses may carry out assessments of patients and administer care and medications as needed, and must also keep notes regarding patients' care and development. They may also create discharge plans for individual patients.

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Staff Nurse Tasks

  • Discuss with patients the risks and purpose of PICC line placement, as well as homecare.
  • Perform IV insertions and maintain catheters.
  • Insert central lines, evaluate placement, and monitor vascular access device (VAD) sites on a daily basis.
  • Educate nursing staff on PICC line placement.

Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse


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Staff Nurses do not often transition into Operating Room Nurse Manager roles. The role averages $78K per year. Given that the median pay is $55K, it may be surprising to find that a Registered Nurse is the most common role for Staff Nurses to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — which pays $72K — is also typical for Staff Nurses, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Dialysis, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hospice, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Telemetry and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

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


Staff Nurses with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. Staff Nurses claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Staff Nurses with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Staff Nurses, 58 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), New York (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 17 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in St. Louis and 9 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries





Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%

Psychiatric
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Nursery
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Telemetry
0%

National Average
$60,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%




Hospice
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 21%
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