Staff Nurse Salary

The larger portion of Staff Nurses in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $30.36 per hour. Total cash compensation to Staff Nurses bottoms out near $48K and approaches $92K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Approximately one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Staff Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,445 - $99,882
$41K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,343
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50%
90%

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$23.30 - $42.75
$23
$31
$43
MEDIAN: $30.57
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$0$99K
Salary $41,445 - $99,882
Bonus $98.63 - $5,085
Profit Sharing $4.79 - $6,128
Commission $176.50
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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$48,425 - $92,688
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 539
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $23.30 - $42.75
Hourly Tips $5.16
Overtime $11.98 - $63.49
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $98.63 - $5,085
Commission $176.50
Profit Sharing $4.79 - $6,128
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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$48,425 - $92,688
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,618

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.

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.

Staff Nurse Job Listings

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).

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: $64,574

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 Reviews

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

Staff Nurse in Baltimore:
"Physically hard."
Pros: Taking care if my patients.
Cons: Nurse to patient ratio.

Staff Nurse in Singapore:
Pros: ICU is specialist .
Cons: Fellow nurses character.

Staff Nurse in eranakulum:
"I like my job very much."
Pros: I like my job because my job isMy life. I want protect my patients and give positive energy.
Cons: Nothing bad till my experience my patients give nice memories.

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 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.

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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 480 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%

▲6%

National Average
$65,000

▼3%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Staff Nurse Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 480 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: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 20%