Staff Nurse Salary
An average Staff Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $29.97 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Nurses. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$38,570 - $96,401|
|Bonus||$99.67 - $4,799|
|Total Pay (||$46,967 - $91,486|
|Hourly Rate||$22.78 - $42.22|
|Overtime||$10.29 - $64.57|
|Bonus||$99.67 - $4,799|
|Total Pay (||$46,967 - $91,486|
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.Read More...
Staff nurses are often in charge of managing groups of nursing attendants and may schedule their shifts and delegate tasks. Strong communication skills are important in order to work well with nursing assistants, physicians, other medical staff, and patients. Working as a staff nurse may also require working in high-pressure situations, as well as long hours on occasion.
A bachelor’s degree in nursing and registered nurse certification are generally required for this position, and there are both part-time and full-time positions available. Some staff nurses may specialize in particular fields, such as pediatrics or emergency care; in these cases, strong knowledge and skills in the specific department are important so that the best possible care can be administered.
Each patient has separate needs, so it is important to assess them individually. Though it is important to help them heal physically, it is equally important to provide emotional support for their well being, so strong people skills are essential in this position. Staff nurses must also be physically strong, as their shifts may require a lot of standing, walking, and lifting.
Staff Nurse Tasks
- Insert central lines, evaluate placement, and monitor vascular access device (VAD) sites on a daily basis.
- Educate nursing staff on PICC line placement.
- Discuss with patients the risks and purpose of PICC line placement, as well as homecare.
- Perform IV insertions and maintain catheters.
Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse
As Staff Nurses transition into upper-level roles such as Family Nurse Practitioner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Family Nurse Practitioners earn $82K on average per year. As Staff Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $56K. Another common career choice for Staff Nurses is to move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — this promotion usually pays $73K.
Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse
HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Barnes Jewish Hospital, Dignity Health, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Staff Nurses. Staff Nurses flock to Dignity Health for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $92K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Tenet Healthcare Corporation at $71K, Oakwood Hospital at $68K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Staff Nurses annually earn $64K.
Mercy Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $51K, $54K, and $55K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Staff Nurse
Survey results imply that Staff Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Oncology, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery also tend to know Acute Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse
Pay by Experience for a Staff Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 1,054 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 700 salaries. An experienced Staff Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 780 salaries. A Staff Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 752 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Staff Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+20 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. St. Louis and Birmingham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.
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