Staff Nurse Salary

An average Staff Nurse in the United States can expect to take home roughly $29.97 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Staff Nurses. 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 vast majority of Staff Nurses (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,570 - $96,401
$39K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $63,051
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$22.78 - $42.22
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MEDIAN: $29.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,570 - $96,401  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $4,799  
Profit Sharing
$675  
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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$46,967 - $91,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 417
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$22.78 - $42.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.33  
Overtime
$10.29 - $64.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.67 - $4,799  
   
Profit Sharing
$675  
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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$46,967 - $91,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,418

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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

  • Insert central lines, evaluate placement, and monitor vascular access device (VAD) sites on a daily basis.
  • Educate nursing staff on PICC line placement.
  • Discuss with patients the risks and purpose of PICC line placement, as well as homecare.
  • Perform IV insertions and maintain catheters.

Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse


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As Staff Nurses transition into upper-level roles such as Family Nurse Practitioner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Family Nurse Practitioners earn $82K on average 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


HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Barnes Jewish Hospital, Dignity Health, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Staff Nurses. Staff Nurses flock to Dignity Health for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $92K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Tenet Healthcare Corporation at $71K, Oakwood Hospital at $68K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Staff Nurses annually earn $64K.

Mercy Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $51K, $54K, and $55K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Survey results imply that Staff Nurses deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery also tend to know 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: $63,163

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

For those looking to make money, Staff Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+20 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. St. Louis and Birmingham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Staff Nurse

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 333 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$63,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 333 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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