Staff Nurse Salary

Average Staff Nurses in the United States make around $28.49 per hour. Compensation ranges from $20.44 per hour on the lower end to $40.31 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Staff Nurses are female. For the most part, Staff Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,964 - $85,154
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $59,798
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$20.44 - $40.31
(Median)
$20
$28
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,964 - $85,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
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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$41,914 - $86,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.44 - $40.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$10.25 - $60.72  
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 - $1,944  
   
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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$41,914 - $86,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,269

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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.

Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse


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Though not the most common occurrence, Staff Nurses sometimes become Operating Room Nurse Managers, where the average income is $78K per year. 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 Skills for Staff Nurse


Survey results imply that Staff Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Dialysis, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Hospice, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. 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.


Staff Nurses do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Nurses make a median salary of $67K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Nurses, 58 percent higher than the national average. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+38 percent), New York (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Raleigh and Columbus (18 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries




Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 4%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%

Psychiatric
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Nursery
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$60,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%




Hospice
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%