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Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

Demand for Chief Nursing Officers runs highest on the East Coast; the three top-paying cities in the United States are New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,900 - $174,239
(Median)
$79K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $114,701
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90%

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$34.15 - $71.10
(Median)
$34
$44
$71
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$78,900 - $174,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,788  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $23,000  
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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$79,484 - $183,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 801
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.15 - $71.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.94  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $23,000  
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).
)
$79,484 - $183,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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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Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest median salary at $99K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $70K and $143K.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Survey results show that Chief Nursing Officers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


For Chief Nursing Officers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $104K per year. Chief Nursing Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $117K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $125K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 7%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

National Average
$117,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%
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