Average Early-Career Staff Nurse Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Staff Nurse is $27.68.
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Hourly Rate
$23 - $37
$101 - $9,787
Profit Sharing
$194 - $1,035
Total Pay
$46,897 - $78,940

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Job Description for Staff Nurse

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.
The top respondents for the job title Staff Nurse are from the companies HCA, Inc., Barnes Jewish Hospital and WellStar Health System. Reported salaries are highest at Dignity Health where the average pay is $38.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include HCA, Inc. and Northside Hospital, earning around $27.97 and $27.05, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $23.96. Barnes Jewish Hospital and OhioHealth also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $24.39 and $24.97, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Nurse

Skills in Acute Care and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Geriatrics and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Nurse

An entry-level Staff Nurse with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $25.98 based on 287 salaries. A mid-career Staff Nurse with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $30.61 based on 1,444 salaries. An experienced Staff Nurse with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $33.44 based on 1,812 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $35.
Employees with Staff Nurse in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 33.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (26.4% more) and Houston, Texas (12.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (11.8% less), Columbus, Ohio (6.7% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (1.5% less).

Years of Experience

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