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Staff Nurse Salary (United States)

Staff Nurses in the United States can typically expect wages of $27.96 per hour. Pay ranges from $20.29 per hour on the low end to $39.97 on the high end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair portion have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Staff Nurses are largely women, dominating the profession at 86 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Staff Nurse Salary (?
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$35,471 - $84,211
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MEDIAN: $58,584
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Staff Nurse Salary (?
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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$20.29 - $39.97
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,471 - $84,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $6,904  
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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$41,590 - $85,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.29 - $39.97  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $60.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $6,904  
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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$41,590 - $85,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,158
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Job Description for Staff Nurse

A staff nurse is a registered nurse employed in a health care facility such as a hospital or nursing home to work as a “floor nurse” providing direct care to the patients. Daily activities of a staff nurse include receiving a patient assignment (generally 4 to 6 patients per nurse), assessment of each patient, administering daily medications, attending to patient needs, facilitating patient, family and physician communication, assisting the physician with bedside procedures, monitoring laboratory results, delivering meals and snacks as needed, and monitoring for any changing in condition and hourly rounding on patients. The staff nurse may also supervision ancillary staff. Attention to detail and organization is key. The staff nurse must keep meticulous medical records, and may be required to use computers for charting. To become employed as a staff nurse, one must complete a minimum of a 2 year degree in nursing, pass a national nursing certification exam (NCLEX) and become licensed as a registered nurse in the state of residence. Employers show preference to those with a 4 year nursing degree. Staff nurses generally work a total of 3 twelve-hour shifts per week. Overtime is occasionally required. Shifts can include nights, weekends, and holidays. Working conditions are fair. The staff nurse role may include heavy lifting of patients, exposure to bodily fluids, and large amounts of time on the feet. A career as a staff nurse is a high-demand field with great rewards.
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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It's not very common for Staff Nurses to move on to become Operating Room Nurse Managers. Typical pay for a Operating Room Nurse Manager is $77K annually. Given that the typical 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

Survey results imply that Staff Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room , and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 13 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Hospice, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. 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. The largest share of Staff Nurses have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Dallas
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National Average
$59,000
Columbus
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Pittsburgh
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Nurses, 60 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Philadelphia, where Staff Nurses typically earn around 39 percent, 29 percent, 25 percent, and 24 percent more than usual. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Staff Nurse's salary, with Raleigh Staff Nurses earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (20 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Psychiatric
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Dialysis
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Telemetry
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Case Management
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National Average
$59,000
Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Rehabilitation
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Hospice
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 324 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%