Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

On average, Chief Nursing Officers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($124K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total incomes of Chief Nursing Officers incorporate potential for, in rare cases, more than $34K from bonuses; these performance components cause packages to range between $85K and $200K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Chief Nursing Officers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Female Chief Nursing Officers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,884 - $190,931
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MEDIAN: $123,702
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$31.18 - $93.57
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MEDIAN: $46.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$85,884 - $190,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,119  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,391  
Total Pay (?
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$85,166 - $200,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 671
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Hourly Rate
$31.18 - $93.57  
   
Overtime
$44.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,391  
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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$85,166 - $200,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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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Chief Nursing Officers who go on to become Chief Executive Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Executive Officers is $170K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers fill the offices of leading firms Select Specialty Hospitals, Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Healthsouth Corp., and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Tenet Healthcare Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $199K. Soaring salaries can also be found at HCA, Inc., Community Health Systems, and Healthsouth Corp., where earnings of $142K, $135K, or $114K are standard for Chief Nursing Officers.

Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Healthsouth Corp. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $110K, $113K, and $114K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Survey results suggest that Chief Nursing Officers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Clinical Supervision. Most people experienced in Leadership also 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: $126,006

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

For Chief Nursing Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 94 percent greater than the national average. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+43 percent), Miami (+39 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Wichita, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (13 percent lower) and Dallas (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$126,000

▼8%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries


▲2%



National Average
$126,000

People Management
▼1%

Clinical Supervision
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 12%