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Staff Nurse Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a Staff Nurse make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
127,000 EUR
( 10,600 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Staff Nurse in Ireland typically earns around 127,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 63,600 EUR (lowest) to 197,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Staff Nurse salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Staff Nurse Salary Distribution in Ireland

Median and salary distribution yearly Ireland Staff Nurse
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Staff Nurse salaries in Ireland range from 63,600 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 197,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 127,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Staff Nurse(s) are earning less than 127,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 127,000 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Staff Nurse(s) are earning less than 85,900 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 85,900 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Staff Nurse(s) are earning less than 162,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 162,000 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Staff Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Ireland Staff Nurse
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Staff Nurse salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Staff Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximately 76,300 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 101,000 EUR per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 135,000 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Staff Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 161,000 EUR per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 174,000 EUR per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 186,000 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Staff Nurse average salary change by experience in Ireland

0 - 2 Years
76,300 EUR
2 - 5 Years+32%
101,000 EUR
5 - 10 Years+34%
135,000 EUR
10 - 15 Years+19%
161,000 EUR
15 - 20 Years+8%
174,000 EUR
20+ Years+7%
186,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Staff Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Staff Nurse(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Ireland Staff Nurse
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Staff Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Staff Nurse is 109,000 EUR per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 172,000 EUR per year, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Staff Nurse average salary difference by education level in Ireland

Bachelor's Degree
109,000 EUR
Master's Degree+58%
172,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 61,400 Euro(s) to 184,000 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Staff Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Ireland Staff Nurse
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Staff Nurse employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

124,000 EUR
130,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Staff Nurse Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Staff Nurse(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Staff Nurse(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Staff Nurse Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Staff Nurse
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A Staff Nurse is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Staff Nurse employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
144,000 EUR
Public Sector+5%
151,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Staff Nurse Salary Trend and Forecast in Ireland

How are Staff Nurse salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Ireland Staff Nurse
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Average Salary 2016
115,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
119,000 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
122,000 EUR
Average Salary 2019+1%
124,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Staff Nurse salaries in Ireland are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Staff Nurse Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

61 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 61 EUR. This means that the average Staff Nurse in Ireland earns approximately 61 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Staff Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Staff Nurse and Health and Medical yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Staff Nurse is 2% more than that of Nursing. Also, Nursing salaries are 39% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse126,000 EUR-1%
Assistant Director of Nursing166,000 EUR+31%
Case Manager156,000 EUR+23%
Company Nurse95,800 EUR-25%
Critical Care Nurse126,000 EUR-1%
District Nurse118,000 EUR-7%
Head Nurse133,000 EUR+5%
Home Nurse114,000 EUR-10%
ICU Registered Nurse119,000 EUR-6%
Informatics Nurse Specialist133,000 EUR+5%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)118,000 EUR-7%
MDS Coordinator134,000 EUR+5%
Mental Health Nurse115,000 EUR-10%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner130,000 EUR+2%
Nurse121,000 EUR-5%
Nurse Midwife144,000 EUR+13%
Nurse Practitioner124,000 EUR-3%
Nursing Assistant111,000 EUR-13%
Nursing Coordinator133,000 EUR+5%
Nursing Director182,000 EUR+43%
Nursing Services Instructor141,000 EUR+11%
Nursing Supervisor150,000 EUR+18%
Occupational Health Advisor167,000 EUR+31%
Occupational Therapist182,000 EUR+43%
Personal Support Worker94,100 EUR-26%
Psychiatric Nurse124,000 EUR-3%
Registered Nurse119,000 EUR-6%
Respiratory Manager175,000 EUR+38%
School Nurse117,000 EUR-8%
Staff Nurse127,000 EUR-0%
Theatre Manager159,000 EUR+25%
Utilization Review Nurse114,000 EUR-10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork122,000 EUR
Dublin131,000 EUR
Galway119,000 EUR
Limerick123,000 EUR
Waterford107,000 EUR
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