Staff Nurse Salary

Median pay for Staff Nurses in the United States is around $28.82 per hour. Pay generally varies between $20.69 per hour and $40.60. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,560 - $86,084

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$20.69 - $40.60

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,560 - $86,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
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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$42,379 - $86,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.69 - $40.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$12.29 - $61.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
   
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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$42,379 - $86,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,327
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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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While not commonly seen, Staff Nurses who transition into an Operating Room Nurse Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Operating Room Nurse Managers is $78K per year. Given that the median 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 Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


DaVita Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $63K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $42K to $116K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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, Emergency Room, and Dialysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Hospice, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. 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.


For Staff Nurses, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Nurses make a median salary of $66K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $71K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Staff Nurses, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+38 percent), Houston (+19 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). Raleigh is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in St. Louis and 11 percent less in Columbus, 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)
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Psychiatric
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Case Management
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Nursery
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Telemetry
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Acute Care
0%

National Average
$61,000

Medicine / Surgery
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Hospice
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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