Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

The median salary for Chief Nursing Officers in the United States is $116K per year, and compared to other cities, New York offers the biggest paychecks at around $246K on average. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+52 percent), Boston (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+30 percent), and Houston (+28 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$80,133 - $175,827
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MEDIAN: $115,643
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$35.55 - $69.46
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$80,133 - $175,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,935  
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).
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$80,805 - $184,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 831
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.55 - $69.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,935  
   
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).
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$80,805 - $184,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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

  • 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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With a median salary of $100K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Chief Nursing Officers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $144K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Leadership also know 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $105K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $114K. Chief Nursing Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $117K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Chief Nursing Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $126K.

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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries



National Average
$117,000



Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 17%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

Clinical Supervision
0%

National Average
$117,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%
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