Staff Nurse Salary

The average Staff Nurse in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $28.73 per hour. Compensation ranges from $20.60 per hour on the lower end to $40.39 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (86 percent) of Staff Nurses who took the survey are female. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,573 - $86,554
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,087
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$20.60 - $40.39
(Median)
$21
$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
$34,573 - $86,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,556  
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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$42,261 - $86,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.60 - $40.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$12.04 - $60.93  
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 - $1,556  
   
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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$42,261 - $86,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,322
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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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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 $80K 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 $55K. Another common career choice for Staff Nurses is to move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — this promotion usually pays $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


While select DaVita Inc. employees may bring in up to $116K, a median salary of only $63K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Dialysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Hospice, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. For Staff Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Staff Nurses, 60 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+38 percent), New York (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries





Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Psychiatric
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Case Management
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Telemetry
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Acute Care
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National Average
$61,000

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Hospice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 260 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
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%
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