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Entry-Level Staff Nurse Salary

For Entry-Level Staff Nurses, hourly average wages total $25.12 per hour. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Most Entry-Level Staff Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,321 - $78,984
(Median)
$30K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,736
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90%

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$19.85 - $33.35
(Median)
$20
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,321 - $78,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
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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$40,740 - $73,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.85 - $33.35  
   
Overtime
$8.09 - $49.81  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
   
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).
)
$40,740 - $73,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561

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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 15%

Dialysis
up arrow 10%

Psychiatric
up arrow 7%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 6%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Telemetry
up arrow 2%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Geriatrics
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 5%

Nursery
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Common Health Benefits

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