Staff Nurse Salary

The average Staff Nurse in the United States earns approximately $29.05 per hour. Compensation ranges between $21.11 per hour and $40.93. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the specific company. Women make up the vast majority of Staff Nurses (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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 information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,491 - $88,949
(Median)
$35K
$61K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,113
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$21.11 - $40.93
(Median)
$21
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,491 - $88,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$43,178 - $88,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.11 - $40.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.36 - $62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$43,178 - $88,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,779
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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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Staff Nurses may progress into high-paying roles like Family Nurse Practitioner, where median compensation is $81K annually. More often than not, a Registered Nurse role is the next step for Staff Nurses moving up in the field. Pay for Registered Nurses is usually $55K. Many Staff Nurses choose to take on a Clinical Nurse Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses flock to DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Indiana University (IU) Health, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $71K.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Dialysis, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, and Geriatrics. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Staff Nurses — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. Staff Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,336

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Staff Nurses that is 58 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Columbus and 12 percent less in Raleigh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries




Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Critical Care
up arrow 1%

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$61,000

Nursery
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 322 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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