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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary (United States)

For Chief Nursing Officers, the fattest paychecks can be found on the East Coast; the three highest-paying cities in this area are New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. In the world of Chief Nursing Officers, total cash compensation can vary between $79K and $180K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $36K, respectively. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Nursing Officers. Female Chief Nursing Officers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary (?
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$78,043 - $171,906
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $111,418
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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary (?
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$32.22 - $73.97
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,043 - $171,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,547  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $35,508  
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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$78,663 - $179,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$32.22 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,547  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $35,508  
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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$78,663 - $179,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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
  • 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.
  • Act as a liaison between facility management and nursing staff to establish strong channels for communication.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Survey results show that Chief Nursing Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Clinical Supervision, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, also skilled 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $103K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $114K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $114K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Chief Nursing Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $122K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Nashville
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Houston
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Phoenix
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Dallas
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Las Vegas
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Austin
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National Average
$114,000
Salt Lake City
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San Antonio
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Chief Nursing Officers in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Chief Nursing Officers in this country. The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

National Average
$114,000

Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

People Management
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Clinical Supervision
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Operations Management
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Leadership
0%
Budget Management
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National Average
$114,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 11%