Nursing Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly three-fifths of Nursing Managers. Pay fluctuates from $59K to $112K per year, but expected earnings average $82K per year. Overall cash earnings for Nursing Managers stretch from $59K on the lower end to $112K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nursing Managers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,544 - $112,510
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$61K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,361
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$25.23 - $50.24
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$25
$36
$50
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,544 - $112,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,108  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,400  
Commission
$1,600  
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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$59,084 - $112,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,785
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.23 - $50.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.31 - $69.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,108  
   
Commission
$1,600  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,400  
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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$59,084 - $112,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 537

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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

  • Manage staffing and patient flow while insuring care and regulatory standards.
  • Implement programs for staff development.
  • Develop systems to improve and support patient care.

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 $119K per year. Nursing Managers most frequently advance into Nursing Director and Director of Nursing roles even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Nursing Managers include HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $148K. Also paying near the top of the field are Dignity Health at $114K, Kindred Hospital at $102K, and WellStar Health System, where Nursing Managers annually earn $95K.

Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Novant Health and HCA, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $75K, $81K, and $82K.

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, Intensive Care Unit, Telemetry, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people familiar with Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). A tool kit that includes Medicine / Surgery also typically contains 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $73K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. Nursing Managers see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,557

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

Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Nursing Managers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+41 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Indianapolis (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Nursing Manager Reviews

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
$82,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries




Emergency Room (ER)
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Surgery
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Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
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Leadership
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Medicine / Surgery
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$82,000

People Management
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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