$66,705
Avg. Salary
$30.70
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$988

Profit Sharing

$925

Commission

$350

The average pay for a Staff Nurse is $30.70 per hour.

The average pay for a Staff Nurse is $66,705 per year.

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MEDIAN $31
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MEDIAN $66,705
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MEDIAN: $66,705
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$0$116K
Salary $41,245 - $116,218
Bonus $135 - $5,505
Profit Sharing $39.15 - $4,122
Commission $350
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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$48,444 - $94,450
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 953
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $23.40 - $43.17
Hourly Tips $3.73
Overtime $13.33 - $63.62
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $135 - $5,505
Commission $350
Profit Sharing $39.15 - $4,122
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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$48,444 - $94,450
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,955

Job Description for Staff Nurse

Staff nurses generally work in hospitals and long-term care facilities. These nurses may carry out assessments of patients and administer care and medications as needed, and must also keep notes regarding patients' care and development. They may also create discharge plans for individual patients.

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Staff Nurse Tasks

  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
  • Advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.
  • Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients.

Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Nurse


Many Staff Nurses can be found at HCA, Inc., DaVita Inc., Barnes Jewish Hospital, Dignity Health, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Dignity Health offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $92K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Oakwood Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Staff Nurses typically earn around $71K, $68K, or $64K, respectively.

Mercy Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Care are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($51K, $54K, and $55K respectively).

Common Career Paths for Staff Nurse


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Staff Nurses who transition into a Family Nurse Practitioner role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $82K per year. Becoming a Registered Nurse is, more often than not, the most common role that Staff Nurses move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Registered Nurse is $56K. Another frequent advance is for Staff Nurses to assume a Clinical Nurse Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $73K.

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Popular Skills for Staff Nurse


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Oncology, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Rehabilitation. Most people who know Medicine / Surgery also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Staff Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 1,054 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Nurse 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 700 salaries. An experienced Staff Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 780 salaries. A Staff Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 752 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,911

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

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Staff Nurses in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Staff Nurses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+19 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. St. Louis and Birmingham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

Staff Nurse Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Staff Nurse?

Staff Nurse in Chicago:
"I feel Under paid."
Do your home work of the pay scale and hold out and have patience until what you really want bacomes availabe on all levels. You will perform better and have growth in the company .

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 Manchester:
"Job scope."
Pros: I love to care for my patient.
Cons: I do not like being task oriented.

Staff Nurse in St. Louis:
Never ever go to occupational health if injured.

Staff Nurse in Malaysia:
"Work self better than paid employee."
Love your job to help other people better.

Staff Nurse in Alberton:
"It is very stressful and demanding but I love it."
Pros: Challenges I am faced with on daily basis..
Cons: The management having to be bias.

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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Key Stats for Staff Nurse

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 900 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Experience Affects Staff Nurse Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$65,000

▼4%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 900 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 21%