Entry-Level Staff Nurse Salary

Average Entry-Level Staff Nurses make around $25.57 per hour. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Entry-Level Staff Nurses survey respondents are women (79 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$31,852 - $80,915
(Median)
$32K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,722
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50%
90%

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$20.29 - $34.09
(Median)
$20
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,852 - $80,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$41,515 - $74,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$20.29 - $34.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.46  
Overtime
$10.62 - $51.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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).
)
$41,515 - $74,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 741
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Staff Nurse Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Staff Nurse in Abilene:
"Slow advancement for minorities."
Learn all you can. Make wise choices & positive Christian adjustments in all that you do to serve others from your heart. It will speak volumes.

Staff Nurse in Spartanburg:
"Fast pace, focus under stress, communicate, attention detail."
Be present. Must maintain Focus on task in a stressful, fast paced environment. Interpersonal skills a must! Team player always advocate for patient. Safety Is #1 priority. Be certain a culture of safety and open communication exists among staff and physicians and interdisciplinary safety checks are in place.

Staff Nurse in Brodhead:
"How stressful and physically challenging it is."
To make a list of all questions about a job, ask them, and choose the job, that makes you the happiest, then you will be satisfied, cause no job, is perfect.

Staff Nurse in San Antonio:
"Self And System Awareness."
Learn how to maneuver situations with grace. Do not make enemies/do not gossip about others. But do not allow others to take advantage of you. Know your HR policies/nursing board regulations, legal pitfalls and how to navigate the system to work for you. It's not at all about patient care once you get out of school. If your work situation is causing you grief - do not take too long to make a change. Sometimes the system is faulty and you cannot fix it. If you cannot work in confines of a hospital then do some research in other avenues for nursing: legal work, auditing, case management, home health/hospice, coding etc. Good luck!

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Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 13%

Dialysis
up arrow 11%

Psychiatric
up arrow 6%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Telemetry
up arrow 4%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
0%

National Average
$54,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 8%

Nursery
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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