Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

Chief Nursing Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $123K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses which peak near $33K, total cash payment to Chief Nursing Officers can bottom out near $85K or peak near $197K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Chief Nursing Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Chief Nursing Officers (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$86,726 - $187,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,847  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,241  
Total Pay (?
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$84,989 - $197,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 714
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Hourly Rate
$31.62 - $90.48  
   
Overtime
$44.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $32,847  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,241  
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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$84,989 - $197,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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Job Description for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Chief nursing officers (CNOs) are responsible for directing nursing activities according to existing hospital procedures. They follow strict safety policies to ensure adequate patient care and collaborate with hospital leadership to design innovative patient care strategies. One of the CNO's main duties includes effectively manage staff levels on any given shift, including developing and deploying strategies in case of emergencies. CNOs also handle budget responsibilities and plan for purchasing supplies and equipment as company resources allow.

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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Tasks

  • Direct nursing services at a healthcare facility, monitor the quality of service, and supervise nursing managers.
  • Provide feedback to healthcare facility administration on policies and procedures.
  • Act as a liaison between facility management and nursing staff to establish strong channels for communication.
  • Maintain compliance with government and facility regulations and educate employees on new and changing requirements.
  • Oversee the operation of administrative departments such as medical records and transcription.

Common Career Paths for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


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As Chief Nursing Officers transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Executive Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Executive Officers earn $170K on average per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Chief Nursing Officers, Select Specialty Hospitals, Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Healthsouth Corp., and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the most; Chief Nursing Officers earn $199K on average there. Other big spenders include HCA, Inc., Community Health Systems, and Healthsouth Corp., top-paying firms where Chief Nursing Officers see paychecks nearing $142K, $135K, or $114K.

Employees at Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Healthsouth Corp. can also expect below-average earnings of $110K, $113K, and $114K.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Clinical Supervision. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 180 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 165 salaries. An experienced Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 273 salaries. A Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 302 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $125,184

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Nursing Officers, 95 percent above the national average. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+44 percent), Miami (+40 percent), Chicago (+35 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). Chief Nursing Officers in Wichita report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Salt Lake City and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$125,000

▼7%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries


▲3%



People Management
▼0%

National Average
$125,000

Clinical Supervision
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 12%
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