Staff Nurse Salary

Staff Nurses in the United States take home approximately $30.33 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Staff Nurses — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $92K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. There are far more female Staff Nurses who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Staff Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,185 - $96,124
$40K
$64K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,135
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50%
90%

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$23.06 - $42.46
$23
$30
$42
MEDIAN: $30.33
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$0$96K
Salary $40,185 - $96,124
Bonus $101.37 - $5,053
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $5,960
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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$47,831 - $91,900
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 492
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $23.06 - $42.46
Hourly Tips $5.16
Overtime $12.64 - $63.25
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $101.37 - $5,053
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $5,960
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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$47,831 - $91,900
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,222

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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

  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
  • Advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.
  • Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients.

Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse


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Staff Nurses' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The average Family Nurse Practitioner brings home $82K per year. As Staff Nurses progress in their field, many go on to become Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $56K. Another common career choice for Staff Nurses is to move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — this promotion usually pays $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Barnes Jewish Hospital, Dignity Health, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Staff Nurses. Dignity Health offers the largest salaries in town — $92K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Oakwood Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., top-paying firms where Staff Nurses rake in a respectable $71K, $68K, or $64K, respectively.

Workers at Mercy Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $51K, $54K, and $55K respectively.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Oncology, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Staff Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 1,054 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 700 salaries. An experienced Staff Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 780 salaries. A Staff Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 752 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,010

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Staff Nurses, 23 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+19 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Birmingham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Staff Nurse Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Staff Nurse?

Staff Nurse in Baltimore:
"Physically hard."
Pros: Taking care if my patients.
Cons: Nurse to patient ratio.

Staff Nurse in Singapore:
Pros: ICU is specialist .
Cons: Fellow nurses character.

Staff Nurse in eranakulum:
"I like my job very much."
Pros: I like my job because my job isMy life. I want protect my patients and give positive energy.
Cons: Nothing bad till my experience my patients give nice memories.

Staff Nurse in Manchester:
"Job scope."
Pros: I love to care for my patient.
Cons: I do not like being task oriented.

Staff Nurse in Alberton:
"It is very stressful and demanding but I love it."
Pros: Challenges I am faced with on daily basis..
Cons: The management having to be bias.

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Key Stats for Staff Nurse

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 436 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$64,000

▼3%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 436 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 20%
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