Staff Nurse Salary (United States)

A Staff Nurse earns an average wage of $27.99 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Operating Room / OR and Labor & Delivery, Birthing.
Staff Nurse Total Pay (?
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$35,262 - $83,528
(Median)
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58K
71K
84K
MEDIAN: $58,269
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Staff Nurse Total Pay (?
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$20.31 - $40.01
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,262 - $83,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
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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$41,593 - $85,893  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.31 - $40.01  
   
Overtime
$13.85 - $60.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
   
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).
)
$41,593 - $85,893  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,455
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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New York
up arrow 28%
Houston
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Philadelphia
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Boston
up arrow 19%
Seattle
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Chicago
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Atlanta
up arrow 9%
Dallas
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San Antonio
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National Average
$59,000
Columbus
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Pittsburgh
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St. Louis
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Raleigh
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Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Dialysis
up arrow 4%
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%
Psychiatric
up arrow 3%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%
Telemetry
up arrow 2%
Case Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$59,000
Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%
Rehabilitation
up arrow 6%
Hospice
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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