Nursing Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $59K to $113K per year, median earnings come to $83K per year. Final cash compensation to Nursing Managers varies from around $59K to approximately $113K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $5K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Nursing Managers are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$60,998 - $113,384
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MEDIAN: $82,713
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,998 - $113,384  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
Commission
$200.00  
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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$59,239 - $113,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,709
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Hourly Rate
$25.34 - $50.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$28.36 - $67.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,750  
   
Commission
$200.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$59,239 - $113,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 546

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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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As Nursing Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Nursing Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Nursing Officers earn $119K on average per year. Many Nursing Managers advance into roles as Nursing Directors or Directors of Nursing, but 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. Nursing Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the average salary comes to $148K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Dignity Health at $114K, Kindred Hospital at $102K, and WellStar Health System, where Nursing Managers annually earn $95K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland Clinic Health Systems ($75K), Novant Health ($81K), and HCA, Inc. ($82K).

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit, Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $73K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. For Nursing Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,763

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

Nursing Managers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Nursing Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+41 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers pay around 9 percent less in St. Louis and 5 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Nursing Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Nursing Manager

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Nursing Manager Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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