Staff Nurse Salary

For Staff Nurses, hourly average wages total $29.94 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Most Staff Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,300 - $95,649
$37K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,869
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$22.67 - $42.32
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MEDIAN: $29.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$37,300 - $95,649  
   
Bonus
$101.74 - $3,750  
Profit Sharing
$524  
Total Pay (?
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$46,729 - $91,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$22.67 - $42.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.67  
Overtime
$12.57 - $64.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.74 - $3,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$524  
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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$46,729 - $91,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,364

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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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Staff Nurses may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Family Nurse Practitioner. The latter position pays an average of $82K annually. More often than not, a Registered Nurse role is the next step for Staff Nurses moving up in the field. Pay for Registered Nurses is usually $56K. Many Staff Nurses choose to take on a Clinical Nurse Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses fill the offices of leading firms HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Dignity Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Oakwood Hospital. Dignity Health attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $93K. Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Oakwood Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Staff Nurses earning around $71K, $68K, or $64K at each firm, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Barnes Jewish Hospital ($51K), St. Luke's Hospital ($54K), and SSM Health Care ($55K).

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Staff Nurses seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Oncology, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics and Rehabilitation. The majority of those who know Medicine / Surgery also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Nurses make a median salary of $68K. Staff Nurses who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,103

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Birmingham is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in St. Louis and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Staff Nurse

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 321 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
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 321 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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