Entry-Level Staff Nurse Salary

Entry-Level Staff Nurses take home approximately $25.36 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,475 - $79,509
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,150
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90%

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$20.01 - $32.96
(Median)
$20
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,475 - $79,509  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Profit Sharing
$1,366 - $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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$40,960 - $72,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.01 - $32.96  
   
Overtime
$10.77 - $49.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,366 - $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).
)
$40,960 - $72,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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Staff Nurse Advice

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

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 Entry-Level Staff Nurse Salaries

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 13%

Dialysis
up arrow 11%

Psychiatric
up arrow 7%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
up arrow 2%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$53,000

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 4%

Nursery
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%
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