$62,671
Avg. Salary
$30.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,000

Bonus

$2,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) is $30.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) is $62,671 per year.

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$23.95
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MEDIAN $30.50
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MEDIAN $62,671
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MEDIAN: $62,671
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$0$85K
Salary $45,428 - $84,090
Bonus $194 - $3,098
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$49,200 - $85,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 358
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $23.95 - $40.53
Hourly Tips $1.67
Overtime $12.83 - $60.94
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $194 - $3,098
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$49,200 - $85,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,221

Job Description

A registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) works in the mental health care field. RPN licensing and certification is awarded and recognized in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; in the United States, the RPN is not a recognized certification, but individuals with an RPN interested in psychiatric nursing in the U.S. have a fairly short path to certification as a registered nurse (RN), with which they can work in the field.

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Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) Tasks
  • Evaluate and assess patient mental and physical health through multiple examination methods.
  • Administer medications and other treatments.
  • Implement care plans, treating patients, and counseling families.
  • Provide immediate and long-term care options and plans to patients and their caretakers or family.


V.A. Medical Center leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $70K.

Common Career Paths


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Registered Psychiatric Nurses who move on to become Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners may enjoy significant pay raises, as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners get paid an average of $93K per year. A Psychiatric Nurse role is the most prevalent career advancement for Registered Psychiatric Nurses. Paychecks for that role are $58K on average. The Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner position is another common transition for Registered Psychiatric Nurses; in this role, salaries are typically at the $90K mark.

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Popular Skills


Registered Psychiatric Nurses report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Acute Care, Psychiatric, and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Hospice, Medicine / Surgery, and Geriatrics. Most people who know Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 404 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) 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 234 salaries. An experienced Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 202 salaries. A Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

16%

1%

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-3%

National Average: $63,949

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

For Registered Psychiatric Nurses, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Registered Psychiatric Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+14 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Las Vegas (+2 percent). Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Savannah and Fort Worth earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Job Reviews

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

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Middleboro:
"Ok."
Pros: Some of my co-workers I like to work with.
Cons: The Pay

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Philadelphia:
Pros: Different experiences on a daily basis. Work with a variety of people.
Cons: Can be frustrating at times when patients dont want to utilize the services being given.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Roanoke:
"RN."
Pros: The people.
Cons: Lack of computer system.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in St. Louis:
"To be a nurse or not to be !"
Be sure this is a field that you really are interested in and that you are willing to go that extra mile in working with people who have mental problems. It is a very challenging but can be very fulfilling when you see even a slight positive behavioral change in your patient.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Nashville:
"Don't believe everything, remain caring."
Stay patient centered, especially when questioning yourself for the best decision. Prioritize. Don't follow 'clicks', they're everchanging & unfaithful. Care for your patients & coworkers, but don't take chaos, hurt or mind games home with you. Have your own life. Do your best and stay healthy. Get your sleep, eat your vegetables, hydrate, and NEVER stop learning.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Carmel:
Observe the mental health workers and make sure they and the LPN's in your charge are safe and taken care of.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Bushnell:
"Little Concern For Patients And Even Less For Employees."
If one exists, find an organization that genuinely cares about patients. Most care only about money. In my experience, this includes medical and mental health hospitals.

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Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲8%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$64,000

▼9%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲2%

National Average
$64,000

▼1%

▼1%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼2%


▼4%

▼4%


Hospice
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 20%