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How much does a Critical Care Nurse make in the United States? The average Critical Care Nurse salary in the United States is $84,900 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $74,300 and $98,300. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.

Critical Care Nurse Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Critical Care Nurse Salary $64,649 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Critical Care Nurse Salary $74,300 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Critical Care Nurse Salary $84,900 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Critical Care Nurse Salary $98,300 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Critical Care Nurse Salary $110,500 US April 24, 2024
25% $74,300 10% $64,649 90% $110,500 75% $98,300 $84,900 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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The Critical Care Nurse performs various diagnostic tests, administers medications, and develops patient care plans in conjunction with other medical professionals. Provides professional nursing care to assigned patients in the critical/coronary care unit. Being a Critical Care Nurse observes patients' progress, records observations in patient medical record, and updates attending physician directly when necessary. Assists physicians during examinations and procedures, operating and monitoring medical equipment as necessary. In addition, Critical Care Nurse requires of graduation from an approved nursing program. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. Requires a state license to practice. Critical Care Nurse's years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position's specialty is the main requirement. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)

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    Critical Care Nurse

    Bachelor's Degree

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    CCU Nurse Leader

    5 + years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

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