Entry-Level Staff Nurse Salary

Entry-Level Staff Nurses take home an average $26.62 per hour. The vast majority of Entry-Level Staff Nurses (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Staff Nurses is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,218 - $92,183
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$59K
$92K
MEDIAN: $58,606
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$21.65 - $35.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,218 - $92,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$44,542 - $77,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.65 - $35.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.33  
Overtime
$7.00 - $51.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$44,542 - $77,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,458

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

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Entry-Level Staff Nurses in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Staff Nurses will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Columbus and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Staff Nurse Advice

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

Staff Nurse in Somerset:
"For The Sake of Adding Time, play dumb."
You will need all the orientation you can get as a new nurse. Play dumb and act as if you cannot "get it". Make orientation last as long as you can. The longer you take to achieve competency, the longer you get in orientation.

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!

Key Stats for Staff Nurse

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Acute Care
▲9%

Psychiatric
▲7%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲4%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
▲4%

Critical Care
▲3%

Rehabilitation
▲3%

▲2%

Nursery
▲2%

Geriatrics
▲1%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲1%

Oncology
▲1%

Operating Room / OR
▲1%

Medicine / Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Cardiology
▼1%

Pediatrics
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 14%
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