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Nursing Manager Salary (United States)

With about three in five of Nursing Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Nursing Managers is $80K annually and can range from $57K on the lower end to $106K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Nursing Managers can bottom out near $57K or peak near $106K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Nursing Managers (90 percent). Most Nursing Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$57,887 - $107,281
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MEDIAN: $80,181
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Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$24.69 - $47.37
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National Salary Data

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$57,887 - $107,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,163  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,122  
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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$56,575 - $106,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115
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$24.69 - $47.37  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $59.77  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $6,163  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,122  
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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$56,575 - $106,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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Job Description for Nursing Manager

Nursing managers' responsibilities involve the supervision and management of staff, facilities and/or other areas providing direct or indirect health services. Nursing managers are people who strong leadership, communication and supervisory skills because they direct, motivate, oversee and evaluate nursing staffs. They work with staff, other supervisors and sometimes patients. They can also plan and implement programs at their place of employment.
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Nursing Manager Tasks
  • Develop systems to improve and support patient care.
  • Implement programs for staff development.
  • Manage staffing and patient flow while insuring care and regulatory standards.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Manager

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Though not the most common occurrence, Nursing Managers sometimes become Chief Nursing Officers, where the average income is $113K per year. A more common career path for Nursing Managers is stepping into the role of Nursing Director or Director of Nursing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager

Many Nursing Managers can be found at HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $102K.
Novant Health and HCA, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $81K and $83K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit , Oncology, Intensive Care Unit , and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people who know Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Quality Improvement / QA. Most people skilled in Medicine / Surgery are similarly competent in Quality Improvement / QA and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $74K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $78K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Managers make a median salary of $82K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 39 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 33 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 28 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Nursing Managers, 39 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Seattle, where Nursing Managers typically earn around 35 percent, 26 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent more than usual. In Rochester, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Denver and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Nursing Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Nursing Manager?
Nursing Manager in Baltimore:
"Diversity Of Job Duties."
Pros: Developing staff, project management, quality improvement and academic excellence.
Cons: Complainers, people that do not see the big picture and the financial constraints (not able to properly staff).

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Experience Affects Nursing Manager Salaries

National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries

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National Average
$80,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%