Nursing Manager Salary

For Nursing Managers, Kaiser Permanente hands out the highest paychecks — $147K on average — relative to the national average of $81K annually. Other big spenders include Dignity Health, Kindred Hospital, and WellStar Health System, top-paying firms where Nursing Managers see paychecks nearing $114K, $100K, or $95K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,136 - $110,772
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,132
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$25.32 - $48.97
(Median)
$25
$36
$49
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,136 - $110,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,735  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,961  
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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$57,989 - $109,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.32 - $48.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.27 - $65.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,735  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,961  
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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$57,989 - $109,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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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

  • 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 $118K on average per year. A Nursing Manager often moves on to become a Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing.

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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 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management. 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). Most people who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $74K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $78K. Nursing Managers see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Nursing Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,719

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

For Nursing Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Baltimore (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (3 percent less) and Orlando (2 percent less).

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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
$81,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Telemetry
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Leadership
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National Average
$81,000

People Management
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Pediatrics
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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