Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salary

Psychiatric Nurses in the United States take home approximately $28.89 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Psychiatric Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,759 - $87,140
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$87K
MEDIAN: $60,475
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$22.99 - $39.18
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$0$87K
Salary $43,759 - $87,140
Bonus $490 - $10,588
Profit Sharing $2,013
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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$47,461 - $84,135
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 279
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $22.99 - $39.18
Hourly Tips $3.10
Overtime $12.49 - $58.44
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $490 - $10,588
Profit Sharing $2,013
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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$47,461 - $84,135
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 835

Job Description for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Psychiatric nurses (RN) provide specialized care to individuals with mental disorders. They may be home care nurses or work in mental health facilities or psychiatric hospitals, working with individuals, groups, and loved ones. Some psychiatric nurses specialize in a specific area of expertise based on age and/or disorder. Depending on their employer, the psychiatric nurse may need to diagnosis illness, start a treatment plan for the patient, maintain health records, and help find therapeutic ways for the patient to manage their mental illness. In addition, most nurses provide information to patients and their loved ones, help prepare patients for therapy, and deliver community education.

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Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Compile and evaluate medical history and mental health findings
  • Initiate, monitor and recommend medications and treatment changes
  • Provide comprehensive assessment of patient
  • Facilitate communication between psychiatric services, programs and care givers

Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


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Psychiatric Nurses may progress into high-paying roles like Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, where median compensation is $93K annually.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)


Psychiatric Nurses report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Acute Care, Geriatrics, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management and Community Health. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Pay by Experience for a Psychiatric Nurse (RN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychiatric Nurse (RN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 631 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychiatric 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 $62,000 based on 235 salaries. An experienced Psychiatric Nurse (RN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 209 salaries. A Psychiatric 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 $66,000 based on 201 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,805

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

Home to some of the best pay for Psychiatric Nurses, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Psychiatric Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+19 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Kansas City (13 percent lower) and St. Louis (12 percent lower).

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Reviews

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

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in Portland:
"It is interesting and fulfilling work."
Pros: Working with them partients and seeing tithe " light" come back on in their eyes or watching them learn and apply new coping skills.
Cons: The driving all over every part of the city in our terrible traffic. Computer glitches which are very frequent. Lack of organization and cameraderie amoungst peers.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in Fishersville:
"50/50."
Pros: YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRULY HELP PEOPLE. IT CAN BE VERY REWARDING. THERE IS ALWAYS NEW EXPERIENCES AND RARELY A DULL MOMENT.
Cons: THE FIELD IS UNDERAPPRECIATED. STIGMA REMAINS ATTACHED TO PSYCH PTs AS WELL AS PSYCH NURSES. OTHERS IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD BELIEVE PSYCH NURSES "JUST HOLD HANDS" WHEN IN FACT THE JOB CAN BE QUITE DANGEROUS. THE SPECIALTY IS ALSO VERY UNDER-PAID.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in Marion:
"Great..inspiring."
Pros: Communicating with different t cultures and various veteransl.
Cons: Management and lack of enough providers.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in St. Louis:
"Never a dull moment!"
Pros: Variety of tasks. Fast paced and mentally challenging. Watching my patients go from acutely psychotic to fully functioning individuals.
Cons: Taxing on your emotions. Not being able to educate patients due to their mental status. Cannot cure my patients because I work in an acute care setting. I believe we accommodate drug seekers. Our hospital tends to be the dumping ground for all psych patients that are turned away by everyone else. The lack of protocol when it comes to admitting forensic psych patients. Large employee turnover due to lack of adherence to hospital and state policies.

Psychiatric Nurse (RN) in Tuscaloosa:
"Behavior Children Center."
Pros: Love helping this children. They have had a hard life. I like to see them smile.
Cons: The pay is low and no full time position- hours low. Single mom need more income.

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Key Stats for Psychiatric Nurse (RN)

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$62,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Nurse (RN) Salaries


National Average
$62,000

▼2%

Psychiatric
▼3%

Geriatrics
▼3%

Community Health
▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 18%