Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in search of top-notch pay will find it at Kaiser Permanente, where the median salary of $147K trumps the $81K per year-national average for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Dignity Health at $114K, Kindred Hospital at $100K, and WellStar Health System, where Nursing Managers annually earn $95K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$59,136 - $110,772
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$59K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,132
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$25.32 - $48.97
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,136 - $110,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,735  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,961  
Total Pay (?
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$57,989 - $109,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,160
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Hourly Rate
$25.32 - $48.97  
   
Hourly Tips
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Overtime
$23.27 - $65.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,735  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,961  
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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$57,989 - $109,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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Job Description for Nursing Manager

Most of the time, nursing managers work for hospitals or medical clinics. They are responsible for supervising a nursing crew. They must make sure that the nurses working under them provide excellent nursing care.

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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 transition into a Chief Nursing Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $118K per year. It is not uncommon for a Nursing Manager to continue on to become a Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Survey takers working as Nursing Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Oncology, Intensive Care Unit, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management. Most people who know Medicine / Surgery also know Quality Improvement / QA. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER).

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $74K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $78K. For Nursing Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $87K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,719

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Nursing Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+37 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Baltimore (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (3 percent lower) and Orlando (2 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Nursing Manager?

Nursing Manager in Bakersfield:
"Managing every aspect of my assigned area."
Pros: Helping people, both nurses and patients. Working on solving complex problems and issues. Creating and refining new processes for the benefit of staff and patient.
Cons: Extremely challenging, difficult to maintain work life balance, job is very stressful.

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
$81,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Telemetry
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$81,000

People Management
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Pediatrics
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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