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Staff Nurse Salary (United States)

Staff Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $28.24 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $20.33 per hour on the low end to $39.92 on the high end. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Staff Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Most Staff Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Staff Nurse Salary (?
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$34,526 - $84,553
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $59,052
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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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$20.33 - $39.92
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,526 - $84,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $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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$41,615 - $85,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.33 - $39.92  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $60.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $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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$41,615 - $85,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
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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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While not commonly seen, Staff Nurses who transition into a Operating Room Nurse Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Operating Room Nurse Managers is $77K per year. 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

Staff Nurses seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.
For many Staff Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. On average, Staff Nurses make $67K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $70K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Seattle
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Baltimore
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Atlanta
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Dallas
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San Antonio
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National Average
$60,000
Columbus
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St. Louis
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Raleigh
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Staff Nurses, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 62 percent greater than the national average. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+39 percent), New York (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, Raleigh Staff Nurses have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (20 percent lower) and Columbus (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Psychiatric
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Dialysis
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Case Management
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Telemetry
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Nursery
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National Average
$60,000
Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Hospice
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 21%