Staff Nurse Salary

Staff Nurses in the United States can expect wages of $29.05 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $21.11 per hour and $40.93. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Staff Nurses (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$35,491 - $88,949
(Median)
$35K
$61K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,113
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$21.11 - $40.93
(Median)
$21
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,491 - $88,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$43,178 - $88,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.11 - $40.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.36 - $62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$43,178 - $88,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,779
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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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At the upper end, Staff Nurses who move into a Family Nurse Practitioner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Family Nurse Practitioners is a much higher $81K 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 $55K. Another common career choice for Staff Nurses is to move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — this promotion usually pays $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Staff Nurses include DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., HCA, Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Indiana University (IU) Health. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the most; Staff Nurses earn $71K on average there.

Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Survey results imply that Staff Nurses deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Dialysis, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, and Geriatrics. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of 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.


For Staff Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. Staff Nurses see a median salary of $66K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,336

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

With a pay rate for Staff Nurses that is 58 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Columbus and Raleigh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries




Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

Critical Care
up arrow 1%

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$61,000

Nursery
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 322 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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