Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $81K per year on average but can range from $58K to $108K per year. Total cash compensation to Nursing Managers approaches anywhere from $58K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Nursing Managers are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,595 - $108,896
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,701
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$25.65 - $48.97
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,595 - $108,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,307  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,948  
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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$57,783 - $108,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,767
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.65 - $48.97  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $61.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,307  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,948  
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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$57,783 - $108,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 483
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Nursing Officer. The latter position pays an average of $116K annually. A Nursing Manager may also move into a role as a Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, Methodist, and Albany Medical Center Hospital are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Nursing Managers. For Nursing Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, median earnings sit around $122K, the highest in the area. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Dignity Health ($114K), Albany Medical Center Hospital ($94K), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($85K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Methodist ($69K), Cleveland Clinic Health Systems ($77K), and Novant Health ($81K).

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers seem to exploit a large range 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 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). Most people familiar with 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $74K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


With a pay rate for Nursing Managers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (7 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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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)
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Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

National Average
$80,000

People Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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