Updated August 18, 2021
Average Staff Nurse Salary
$59,000 yearly
$28.69 hourly

Entry level Salary
$44,000 yearly
$44,000
10 %
$59,000
Median
$80,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$80,000
$6,667
$38
75th Percentile
$70,000
$5,833
$34
Average
$59,684
$4,974
$29
25th Percentile
$50,000
$4,167
$24
10th Percentile
$44,000
$3,667
$21

Average Staff Nurse Salary By State

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Staff Nurse average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$49,224
$23.67
Alaska
$82,017
$39.43
Arizona
$60,327
$29.00
Arkansas
$51,016
$24.53
California
$87,206
$41.93
Colorado
$55,127
$26.50
Connecticut
$64,636
$31.07
Delaware
$63,622
$30.59
District of Columbia
$69,569
$33.45
Florida
$52,334
$25.16
Georgia
$51,391
$24.71
Hawaii
$76,135
$36.60
Idaho
$59,174
$28.45
Illinois
$49,233
$23.67
Indiana
$46,708
$22.46
Iowa
$44,632
$21.46
Kansas
$51,157
$24.59
Kentucky
$50,112
$24.09
Louisiana
$53,238
$25.60
Maine
$44,319
$21.31
Maryland
$58,371
$28.06
Massachusetts
$72,208
$34.72
Michigan
$63,166
$30.37
Minnesota
$57,145
$27.47
Mississippi
$48,265
$23.20
Missouri
$44,030
$21.17
Montana
$50,654
$24.35
Nebraska
$44,408
$21.35
Nevada
$70,236
$33.77
New Hampshire
$56,360
$27.10
New Jersey
$68,105
$32.74
New Mexico
$54,973
$26.43
New York
$72,197
$34.71
North Carolina
$45,518
$21.88
North Dakota
$45,393
$21.82
Ohio
$48,557
$23.34
Oklahoma
$47,293
$22.74
Oregon
$85,549
$41.13
Pennsylvania
$55,037
$26.46
Rhode Island
$66,205
$31.83
South Carolina
$46,961
$22.58
South Dakota
$44,244
$21.27
Tennessee
$50,188
$24.13
Texas
$57,741
$27.76
Utah
$59,245
$28.48
Vermont
$52,039
$25.02
Virginia
$51,980
$24.99
Washington
$77,786
$37.40
West Virginia
$52,626
$25.30
Wisconsin
$51,462
$24.74
Wyoming
$55,715
$26.79

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Highest Paying Cities For Staff Nurse

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Santa Rosa, CA
$94,346
$45.36
Tualatin, OR
$85,168
$40.95
Vancouver, WA
$80,631
$38.76
Rockville Centre, NY
$72,704
$34.95
Brookline, MA
$72,247
$34.73
Washington, DC
$69,605
$33.46

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How much does a Staff Nurse make?

The average staff nurse salary is $59,684 per year, or $28.69 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $44,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $80,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii provide the highest staff nurse salaries.

Average Staff Nurse Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $59,700
    $28.69
    +2.4%
    2020
    $58,200
    $28.00
    +2.2%
    2019
    $57,000
    $27.38
    +1.4%
    2018
    $56,200
    $27.00
    +1.3%
    2017
    $55,400
    $26.66
    +0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Emergency Department Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $70,881

    An emergency registered nurse is first in line for patients who need a response. These nurses are first to respond to emergency cases such as trauma, allergic reactions, and injuries. They assist doctors and other medical staff in emergency medical care. It is their responsibility to always provide high-quality standards for nursing. The skills they should possess include diligence, attention to detail, levelheadedness, and strong communication. They also need to be knowledgeable about emergency care.
    495,306 Emergency Department Registered Nurse Jobs
    Registered Nurse Charge Nurse

    Avg. salary: $63,421

    A registered charge nurse is responsible for supervising nurses' workflow in a particular department or area, ensuring every patient gets the proper care that they need. A registered charge nurse has the discretion to direct tasks, arrange schedules, and monitor patients, such as in the aspects of admission and discharge. Furthermore, a registered charge nurse must maintain an active line of communication and coordination among nurses, physicians, and other personnel involved as the conditions in a hospital can be unpredictable.
    592,855 Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Jobs
    Psychiatric Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $75,178

    A registered psychiatric nurse works alongside mental health experts to develop and administer psychiatric treatment plans according to the patients' needs. Among their responsibilities include gathering and organizing patient information, studying the patients' medical histories, conducting interviews and assessments, providing counseling, administering medicine, and restraining unsettled patients. There are also instances when they must conduct inspections to remove potentially harmful objects and provide psychoeducation to the patients' families. Above all, a registered psychiatric nurse must closely monitor the behavior of patients, record their daily progress, and report to the psychiatrists regularly.
    582,980 Psychiatric Registered Nurse Jobs
    Registered Nurse In The ICU

    Avg. salary: $85,510

    A registered nurse in the ICU, or intensive care unit, is responsible for monitoring a patient's progress and performing regular reports to physicians and families. Most ICU patients require extensive attention and assessment, which will require a nurse to be more observant and proactive. A nurse may also have duties producing paperwork, arranging schedules, responding to various inquiries, and crafting a particular care plan. Furthermore, should there be any emergencies, it is crucial to inform the assigned physician right away.
    579,864 Registered Nurse In The ICU Jobs
    Telemetry Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $92,299

    A telemetry registered nurse is a healthcare professional who specializes in caring for patients with heart disease or other medical issues that require continuous telemetry monitoring. Telemetry registered nurses are required to read and monitor the output of electrocardiograms (EKGs), which translate the heart's electrical impulses into a readable rhythm. They must respond to patients who are experiencing cardiac pain and perform various diagnostic tests. Telemetry registered nurses must also assist doctors with different procedures and treatments for cardiac issues.
    586,730 Telemetry Registered Nurse Jobs
    Emergency Room Nurse

    Avg. salary: $69,305

    As the name entails, emergency room nurses typically work in emergency rooms of hospitals to provide care for patients in need of immediate treatment for severe medical conditions such as injury or trauma. They work with a team of healthcare professionals such as physicians and other nurses to administer medications to patients, monitor health conditions, and plan for long-term care needs. Other duties of emergency room nurses include assisting with the diagnosis and treatment of patients, maintaining a sanitary, organized, and clean work environment, and providing patients with follow-up care instructions.
    562,067 Emergency Room Nurse Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Emergency Department Registered Nurse
    $70,881
    $5,907
    $34.08
    495,306
    Registered Nurse Charge Nurse
    $63,422
    $5,285
    $30.49
    592,855
    Psychiatric Registered Nurse
    $75,179
    $6,265
    $36.14
    582,980
    Registered Nurse In The ICU
    $85,511
    $7,126
    $41.11
    579,864
    Telemetry Registered Nurse
    $92,299
    $7,692
    $44.37
    586,730
    Emergency Room Nurse
    $69,305
    $5,775
    $33.32
    562,067
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    Staff Nurse Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a staff nurse can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $47,600
    $22.91
    Mid Level
    $59,800
    $28.74
    Senior Level
    $80,900
    $38.90

    Which Companies Pay Staff Nurses The Most?

    To earn a high income as a staff nurse, working for UC Health or OhioHealth might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Fresenius Medical Care North America Holdings Limited Partnership and Northwell Health report highly competitive wages for staff nurses.
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    Recently Added Staff Nurse Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    County of Sonoma
    Supervising Staff Nurse-Behavioral Health
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    Santa Rosa, CA
    08/31/2021
    $120,593
    08/31/2021
    Staff Nurse
    Iowa City, IA
    08/31/2021
    $47,431
    08/31/2021
    Broadlawns Medical Center
    RN Staff Nurse, Mobile Crisis (Evenings)
    RN Staff Nurse, Mobile Crisis (Evenings)
    Des Moines, IA
    08/31/2021
    $51,653
    08/31/2021
    Children's Mercy Kansas City
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    Kansas City, MO
    08/30/2021
    $55,306
    08/30/2021
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    Oregon, OH
    08/29/2021
    $63,500
    08/29/2021
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    Staff Development Nurse Days The Gardens of ST Francis Your Boss IS Going To Miss YOU CHI
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    $63,500
    08/29/2021
    South Fl Jobs-Broadlawns Medical Center
    RN Staff Nurse Mobile Crisis Evenings
    RN Staff Nurse Mobile Crisis Evenings
    Des Moines, IA
    08/29/2021
    $51,653
    08/29/2021
    South Fl Jobs
    Staff Development Nurse Days The Gardens of ST Francis
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    Oregon, OH
    08/29/2021
    $63,500
    08/29/2021
    South Fl Jobs
    RN Staff Nurse Mobile Crisis Evenings
    RN Staff Nurse Mobile Crisis Evenings
    Des Moines, IA
    08/29/2021
    $51,653
    08/29/2021
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    Astoria, OR
    08/28/2021
    $58,436
    08/28/2021

    Average Staff Nurse Salary by Demographic

    Staff Nurse Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $64,457
    female-income
    Female Income
    $62,397
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$64,457
    Female$62,397
    Median Staff Nurse Income by Race
    Asian staff nurses have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american staff nurses have the lowest average salary at $61,405.
    $70,000
    $56,000
    $42,000
    $28,000
    $14,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$62,126
    Black or African American$61,405
    Asian$67,218
    Hispanic or Latino$63,106
    Average Staff Nurse Salary by Education Level
    Staff nurses with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $67,872 annually. With a Bachelors degree, staff nurses earn a median annual income of $62,397 compared to $58,631 for staff nurses with an Associate degree.
    $70,000
    $56,000
    $42,000
    $28,000
    $14,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$67,872
    Bachelor's Degree$62,397
    Some College/ Associate Degree$58,631