Salaries for Chief Nursing Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($125K) per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Nursing Officers generally runs between $85K and $202K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $34K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and years of experience. The vast majority (82 percent) of Chief Nursing Officers who took the survey are female. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Chief Nursing Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,865 - $192,078
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$86K
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$190K
MEDIAN: $124,616
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$31.92 - $91.39
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$85,865 - $192,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,307  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,113  
Total Pay (?
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$84,796 - $201,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 697
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Hourly Rate
$31.92 - $91.39  
   
Overtime
$45.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,307  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,113  
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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$84,796 - $201,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Select Specialty Hospitals, Healthsouth Corp., Select Medical Corporation, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Community Health Systems are among the top companies that take on many Chief Nursing Officers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Tenet Healthcare Corporation — the median salary there is $215K.

Popular Skills for Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)


Chief Nursing Officers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Clinical Supervision. It is often found that people who know Leadership are 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Chief Nursing Officers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $114K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $117K. For Chief Nursing Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $128K. As Chief Nursing Officers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $141K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,754

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

For Chief Nursing Officers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Nursing Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+45 percent), Miami (+38 percent), Chicago (+35 percent), and Washington (+32 percent). Chief Nursing Officers in Wichita report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and Dallas (13 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries



National Average
$127,000



Skills That Affect Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salaries


Operations Management
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Budget Management
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Leadership
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National Average
$127,000

People Management
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Clinical Supervision
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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