$68,549
Avg. Salary
$31.30
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,042

Profit Sharing

$300

The average pay for a Charge Nurse (RN) is $31.30 per hour.

The average pay for a Charge Nurse (RN) is $68,549 per year.

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$42
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MEDIAN $31
$49k
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MEDIAN $68,549
$48,562 - $96,387
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MEDIAN: $68,549
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$24.37 - $42.29
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$0$96K
Salary $48,562 - $96,387
Bonus $185 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,244
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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$51,178 - $92,836
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 649
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $24.37 - $42.29
Hourly Tips $17.20
Overtime $19.87 - $61.52
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $185 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,244
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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$51,178 - $92,836
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,462

Job Description for Charge Nurse (RN)

A charge nurse most often works in a hospital or a similar health-care environments such as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. A charge nurse is effectively the manager of the department or hospital unit to which they are assigned. Common duties include overseeing operations, monitoring admissions and discharges, and directing and overseeing the activities of the nursing and support staff. A charge nurse also often is responsible for direct patient charge, as well as any additional duties assigned to the role of charge nurse.

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Charge Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Coordinate the activities of the unit and assign work to the nursing staff.
  • Institute emergency procedures as necessary.
  • Communicate patient status to incoming nursing shift and to physicians.
  • Educate the nursing staff on patient care.
  • Supervise the delivery of care in a nursing unit.

Popular Employer Salaries for Charge Nurse (RN)


HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Fresinius are leaders in the field that employ a large number of RN Charge Nurses. For RN Charge Nurses, comfortable salaries can be found at Providence Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $88K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Veterans Administration (United States), Uhs-Pruitt Corporation, and WellStar Health System, where RN Charge Nurses typically earn around $78K, $74K, or $71K, respectively.

Golden LivingCenters doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $51K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $74K and scope of pay is rather limited. CHS, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Kindred Healthcare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($56K, $57K, and $58K respectively).

Common Career Paths for Charge Nurse (RN)


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Though some RN Charge Nurses move into positions like Family Nurse Practitioner (where the average salary is $82K), this progression is not the norm. Clinical Nurse Managers or Nursing Managers are common next-step roles for RN Charge Nurses moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Nurse Managers is $7K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Nursing Managers.

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Popular Skills for Charge Nurse (RN)


Survey takers working as RN Charge Nurses report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operating Room / OR, Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Hospice. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Medicine / Surgery and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Charge Nurse (RN)

Pay by Experience for a Charge Nurse (RN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Charge Nurse (RN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 812 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Charge Nurse (RN) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 799 salaries. An experienced Charge Nurse (RN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 759 salaries. A Charge Nurse (RN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 599 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,284

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

For those looking to make money, RN Charge Nurses in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. RN Charge Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Birmingham is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Cincinnati and Nashville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Charge Nurse (RN) Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Charge Nurse (RN)?

Charge Nurse (RN) in Portland:
"Treat every person with respect and equally."
Treat everyone equal, from housekeeper to coworker to doctor with respect. Praise in public and discipline in private always. Work as harder than your staff. Start each day with a positive attitude because your mood sets the stage for the entire departments mood. If you become stressed out or find yourself getting upset or frustrated step away from the charge desk and your staff and collect yourself. They look to you in times of stressful situations and need a leader who is calm, collected, and a charge nurse who is confident that the team can handle any situation that is thrown at them. Remember that nursing is a job that you learn from each and every shift. The moment you think you know it all is the moment you could possibly make a serious mistake I learn something new each and every day either from my co-workers or my patients. Finally the minute you no longer love being a nurse and caring for patients you need to retire or find a new job. No one likes a crabby nurse. Good luck!

Charge Nurse (RN) in Orange:
"Work hard."
Working hard wothna happy heart. Stay positive and help each other out. You're a team.

Charge Nurse (RN) in San Antonio:
"Stressful but love the challenge."
Pros: Patient interaction and teaching.
Cons: Lazy employees.

Charge Nurse (RN) in Washington:
Know your staff; their strengths and weaknesses. Make assignments based on your staffs abilities. Always be prepared for the worst possible outcome. Know your SOPs thoroughly or how to locate them. Treat your staff with respect and dignity. Maintain a constant line of communication with your team utilizing the team STEPP methodology. As standards of practice change frequently continuous education is priority.

Charge Nurse (RN) in Atlanta:
To always make room to increase knowledge and skills when you have the opportunity. Cease the moment and achieve the best you can.

Charge Nurse (RN) in Clinton:
"Education is Key."
Start your education as soon as possible and keep growing! As we get older it's easier to share our knowledge and experiences than running up and down the halls doing direct patient care.

Charge Nurse (RN) in Ocala:
"Nursing Will Change Your Life Forever. Keep An Open Mind."
Learn the basics in orientation then watch your co-workers. They will help teach you to conquer the skills you will need to be the best you can be.

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Key Stats for Charge Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 785 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Experience Affects Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$67,000

▼5%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Charge Nurse (RN) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 785 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 18%