Head Nurse Salary

A Head Nurse earns an average salary of $77,270 per year. A skill in Critical Care is associated with high pay for this job.

$49,995 - $121,198
$50K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,270
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50%
90%

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$23.26 - $45.32
$23
$34
$45
MEDIAN: $34.37
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,995 - $121,198  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
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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$50,300 - $105,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.26 - $45.32  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
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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$50,300 - $105,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Head Nurse

The head nurse is responsible for overseeing patients and other nursing staff within their unit over the course of their shift. Nurses in the unit report to the head nurse and consult them if there is a problem or general guidance is needed. Tasks performed by the head nurse include carrying out doctors' orders in terms of patient care, evaluating patients' needs and responses to treatments, discussing treatment options with patients and conducting other duties related to patient care. Additionally, the head nurse often helps assign nurses' rotations, and they must report any behavior among the nursing staff requiring discipline and administer disciplinary action if needed.

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Head Nurse Tasks

  • Evaluate and assess nursing needs of the client.
  • Observe signs and symptoms and report to the physician and/or other appropriate health professionals as often as needed, or upon changes in the client's condition.
  • Initiate diagnostic, preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures as appropriate to the client's care and safety.
  • Attend client care conferences and initiate client care conferences for complex and/or multidisciplinary clients whenever needed.
  • Coordinate the total plan of care and maintain continuity of client care by acting as a liaison with other health professionals assigned to the same clients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Head Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Key Stats for Head Nurse

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Head Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$77,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Head Nurse Salaries

Critical Care
▲14%

National Average
$77,000

People Management
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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