Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Nursing Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $124K per year. Overall cash earnings for Chief Nursing Officers stretch from $86K on the lower end to $197K near the top, and the heftier packages encompass bonuses that can (rarely) exceed $30K. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. 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 a strong majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32.08 - $93.57
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$0$196K
Salary $87,167 - $187,321
Bonus $0.00 - $29,933
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,253
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$85,514 - $196,645
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 701
Hourly Data $0$93
Hourly Rate $32.08 - $93.57
Overtime $44.44
Annual Data $0$196K
Bonus $0.00 - $29,933
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,253
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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$85,514 - $196,645
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Chief Executive Officer, where median compensation is $170K annually.

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Dominating the field, Select Specialty Hospitals, Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Healthsouth Corp., and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Chief Nursing Officers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Tenet Healthcare Corporation — the median salary there is $199K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include HCA, Inc., Community Health Systems, and Healthsouth Corp., where Chief Nursing Officers typically earn around $142K, $135K, or $114K, respectively.

Workers at Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Healthsouth Corp. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $110K, $113K, and $114K respectively.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Clinical Supervision. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of 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: $126,279

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

For Chief Nursing Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 93 percent greater than the national average. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+43 percent), Miami (+38 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 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 pay around 13 percent less in Salt Lake City and 6 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
43%
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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 58 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 11%
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