Nurse Administrator Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Nurse Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Nurse Administrators is $79K annually and can range from $57K on the lower end to $124K per year near the higher end. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nurse Administrators. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The vast majority (86 percent) of Nurse Administrators who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$58,579 - $120,587
(Median)
$59K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,064
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$22.51 - $46.32
(Median)
$23
$33
$46
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$58,579 - $120,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,395  
Total Pay (?
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$56,789 - $124,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.51 - $46.32  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $58.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,395  
   
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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$56,789 - $124,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Nurse Administrator

Nurse administrators are usually case managers for companies which provide in-home nursing services, and they are also present in assisted living facilities.

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Nurse Administrator Tasks

  • Maintain relationships with patients and families.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Directs the clinical and administrative staff in quality and consistent patient care.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Plan and direct the nursing program.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Administrator

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Nurse Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $86K.

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Experience Affects Nurse Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$80,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 19%
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