Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary

Chief Nursing Officers earn around $114K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $225K at the median. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+62 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), Boston (+34 percent), and Nashville (+29 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$78,380 - $173,786
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $113,855
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$32.73 - $70.47
(Median)
$33
$43
$70
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$78,380 - $173,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,613  
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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$78,891 - $182,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$32.73 - $70.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,613  
   
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).
)
$78,891 - $182,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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)


With a median salary of only $99K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $70K to $143K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Survey results suggest that Chief Nursing Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 8 percent, respectively. 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.


Chief Nursing Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $102K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $116K. Chief Nursing Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $116K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Chief Nursing Officers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $124K.

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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries




National Average
$116,000


Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries

Team Leadership
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People Management
up arrow 8%

Budget Management
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Operations Management
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Clinical Supervision
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Leadership
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National Average
$116,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 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
30%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%