Staff Nurse Salary

Staff Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $28.75 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $20.66 per hour, and the top verges on $40.39. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Staff Nurses who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. While approximately one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,560 - $86,053
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,689
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$20.66 - $40.39
(Median)
$21
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$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,560 - $86,053  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,745  
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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$42,328 - $86,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.66 - $40.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$12.34 - $61.02  
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 - $1,745  
   
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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$42,328 - $86,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,320
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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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It's not very common for Staff Nurses to move on to become Operating Room Nurse Managers. Average pay for an Operating Room Nurse Manager is $78K annually. The most common career progression for Staff Nurses leads to becoming a Registered Nurse, where pay is typically $55K. However, many Staff Nurses also opt to become Clinical Nurse Managers, a position that pays $72K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


The pay scale is far from balanced at DaVita Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $116K, the company's median pay sits at $63K, the lowest in the industry.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. On average, Staff Nurses make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Staff Nurses in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 60 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+38 percent), Houston (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 17 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, 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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Case Management
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Psychiatric
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Nursery
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Acute Care
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Telemetry
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National Average
$61,000

Medicine / Surgery
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Hospice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 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
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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