Average pay for Chief Nursing Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($124K). Total cash earnings of Chief Nursing Officers range from $84K on the low end to $201K on the high end; the final amount includes bonuses that can sometimes (albeit rarely) exceed $35K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Chief Nursing Officers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Read More
$85,440 - $191,143
$85K
$120K
$190K
MEDIAN: $124,360
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$31.68 - $91.89
$32
$46
$92
MEDIAN: $46.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$85,440 - $191,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,697  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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).
)
$84,485 - $200,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 703
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$31.68 - $91.89  
   
Overtime
$44.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,697  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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).
)
$84,485 - $200,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


At the upper end, Chief Nursing Officers who move into a Chief Executive Officer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Chief Executive Officers is a much higher $170K per year.

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the most; Chief Nursing Officers earn $199K on average there. Chief Nursing Officers can also look forward to large paychecks at HCA, Inc. ($142K), Community Health Systems ($135K), and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital ($115K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Select Medical Corporation at $112K, Healthsouth Corp. at $114K, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where $115K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Clinical Supervision. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well versed in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Chief Nursing Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $112K per year. On average, Chief Nursing Officers make $129K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Chief Nursing Officers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $141K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,735

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

For those looking to make money, Chief Nursing Officers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 92 percent above the national average. Chief Nursing Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+44 percent), Miami (+38 percent), Chicago (+35 percent), and Philadelphia (+20 percent). Chief Nursing Officers in Wichita earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (13 percent lower) and Dallas (6 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
42%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries



National Average
$127,000



Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries





National Average
$127,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 12%
ADVERTISEMENT