Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K per year, but may range from $58K to $108K per year. Total incomes of Nursing Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $58K and $108K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Nursing Managers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,686 - $108,892

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$25.78 - $48.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,686 - $108,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,370  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,921  
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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$57,948 - $108,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,813
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.78 - $48.76  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $62.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,370  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,921  
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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$57,948 - $108,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505
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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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Nursing Managers who go on to become Chief Nursing Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Nursing Officers is $116K annually. It is not unusual for a Nursing Manager to become a Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Methodist, Novant Health, and Albany Medical Center Hospital are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Nursing Managers. For Nursing Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, average earnings are around $134K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($56K versus $169K) is great. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries at Dignity Health (+$114K), WellStar Health System (+$95K), and Albany Medical Center Hospital (+$94K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Methodist ($77K), Cleveland Clinic Health Systems ($77K), and Novant Health ($81K).

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Survey results imply that Nursing Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Oncology, Telemetry, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). Most people experienced in Medicine / Surgery also know Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

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


Nursing Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $74K 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 $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Managers make a median salary of $82K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $87K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Nursing Managers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Denver (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Telemetry
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

National Average
$80,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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