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Staff Nurse Salary

Pay for Staff Nurses in the United States sits in the ballpark of $28.63 per hour. Earnings sit near $20.52 per hour on the lower side but can approach $40.23 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Staff Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,964 - $85,571
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,884
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$20.52 - $40.23
(Median)
$21
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,964 - $85,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
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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$42,078 - $86,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.52 - $40.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.61  
Overtime
$10.55 - $60.91  
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 - $1,934  
   
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).
)
$42,078 - $86,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,309
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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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Staff Nurses who advance into the role of an Operating Room Nurse Manager are fairly uncommon. Operating Room Nurse Managers on average earn $78K per year. The most common promotion for Staff Nurses is a Registered Nurse position, which usually brings in $55K a year. Another standard transition for Staff Nurses seeking advancement is to assume a Clinical Nurse Manager role, where pay is often $72K.

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Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses seem to wield many skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hospice, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Most people who know Acute Care also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Staff Nurses see a median salary of $66K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Staff Nurses who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Nurses, 57 percent higher than the national average. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), New York (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Raleigh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 14 percent below the median salary for those in this field in St. Louis and Orlando.

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$61,000


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%

Nursery
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%




Hospice
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 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: 52% employee benefits None: 21%
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