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Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $58K to $108K per year, median earnings come to $80K annually. Cash earnings for Nursing Managers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $58K to approximately $108K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (87 percent) of Nursing Managers who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,375 - $108,232
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,456
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$25.67 - $48.01
(Median)
$26
$36
$48
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
$58,375 - $108,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,071  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$57,719 - $107,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.67 - $48.01  
   
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 - $7,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$57,719 - $107,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434

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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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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 $115K on average per year. A Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing is a typical transition from a Nursing Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, Methodist, and Albany Medical Center Hospital are top-notch employers for Nursing Managers in this area. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $122K. Also paying near the top of the field are Albany Medical Center Hospital at $94K, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $85K, and HCA, Inc., where Nursing Managers annually earn $85K.

Also approaching the lower end are Methodist at $69K, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems at $77K, and Novant Health at $81K.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people experienced in Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). Skill sets containing Medicine / Surgery also tend to include 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $75K 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 bring in $82K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Nursing Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Nursing Managers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). In Nashville, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. 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
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 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%