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Nurse Administrator Salary

Nurse Administrators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $78K annually, but may range from $56K to $120K per year. The vast majority (86 percent) of Nurse Administrators who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nurse Administrators. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,611 - $117,780
(Median)
$59K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,952
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$22.30 - $46.46
(Median)
$22
$33
$46
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,611 - $117,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$56,260 - $119,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.30 - $46.46  
   
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
   
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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$56,260 - $119,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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Job Description for Nurse Administrator

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Administrator

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


For Nurse Administrators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Nurse Administrators see a median income of $70K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $74K. On average, Nurse Administrators make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $86K.

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Experience Affects Nurse Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$79,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 19%