Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

Median pay for Chief Nursing Officers in the United States is around $119K annually, but employers in New York offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $244K. Chief Nursing Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+42 percent), Washington (+39 percent), Boston (+29 percent), and Houston (+28 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,046 - $182,197
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$82K
$120K
$180K
MEDIAN: $118,536
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$31.56 - $80.16
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$32
$45
$80
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$82,046 - $182,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,418  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$82,088 - $193,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 944
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$31.56 - $80.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,418  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$82,088 - $193,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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 Employer Salaries for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Select Specialty Hospitals, Healthsouth Corp., Community Health Systems, and Select Medical Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Chief Nursing Officers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Community Health Systems — the median salary there is $135K.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Chief Nursing Officers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $108K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $117K. Chief Nursing Officers bring in $120K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $119,998

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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries


People Management
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Budget Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$120,000

Leadership
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Clinical Supervision
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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