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Nursing Manager Salary (United States)

With three in five of Nursing Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $57K to $107K per year and averages out to $80K per year. In the world of Nursing Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $107K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $4K, respectively. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Female Nursing Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Nursing Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$58,257 - $107,506
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MEDIAN: $80,238
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Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$25.10 - $48.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,257 - $107,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,221  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,710  
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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$57,217 - $106,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$25.10 - $48.05  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $59.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,221  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,710  
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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$57,217 - $106,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Chief Nursing Officers. That role pays $114K per year on average. However, it's more common for Nursing Managers to move into roles as Nursing Directors or Director, Nursings.

Nursing Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager

Nursing Managers fill the offices of leading firms HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Kaiser Permanente, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and Hudson Headwaters Health Network. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $118K. Also paying near the top of the field are Albany Medical Center Hospital at $94K, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $90K, and Novant Health, where Nursing Managers annually earn $85K.
Other low-paying employers include Cleveland Clinic Health Systems at $75K and HCA, Inc. at $83K, though some Nursing Managers there earn up to $98K.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager

Nursing Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Intensive Care Unit, Acute Care, and Telemetry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery tend to be well versed in Quality Improvement / QA and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Nursing Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $74K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $77K. Nursing Managers see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Nursing Managers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $86K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$80,000
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For Nursing Managers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 5 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Portland (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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

Acute Care
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$80,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%