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Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly three in five of Nursing Managers. Pay fluctuates from $58K to $108K per year, but expected earnings average $81K annually. Overall cash earnings for Nursing Managers stretch from $58K on the lower end to $108K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. For the most part, Nursing Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Nursing Managers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$58,468 - $108,546
(Median)
$58K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,553
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$25.68 - $48.58
(Median)
$26
$36
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$58,468 - $108,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$57,771 - $108,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.68 - $48.58  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $61.30  
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 - $7,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$57,771 - $108,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456

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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 advance into the role of a Chief Nursing Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Nursing Officers on average earn $116K per year. However, it's more common for Nursing Managers to move into roles as Nursing Directors or Director, Nursings.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers fill the offices of leading firms HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, Methodist, and Albany Medical Center Hospital. Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town — $122K on average. Albany Medical Center Hospital, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and HCA, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Nursing Managers earning around $94K, $85K, or $85K at each firm, respectively.

Methodist, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, and Novant Health are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($69K, $77K, and $81K respectively).

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Oncology, Intensive Care Unit, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. People who know Medicine / Surgery usually also know Quality Improvement / QA. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed 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.


Nursing Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $74K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $77K. Nursing Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. As Nursing Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Nursing Managers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+16 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (6 percent less) and Denver (4 percent less).

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



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Telemetry
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Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Medicine / Surgery
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Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

People Management
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
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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