Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Nursing Managers. Salaries average out to around $81K annually and spread from $58K to $108K per year. In the world of Nursing Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $58K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $5K, respectively. 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. Women account for the majority of Nursing Managers who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Most Nursing Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,659 - $108,752
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,687
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$25.86 - $48.76
(Median)
$26
$36
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,659 - $108,752  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,331  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,921  
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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$57,954 - $108,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,785
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.86 - $48.76  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $61.13  
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 - $7,331  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,921  
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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$57,954 - $108,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 495
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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.

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Nursing Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chief Nursing Officer. The average Chief Nursing Officer brings home $116K per year. Becoming a Nursing Director or a Director of Nursing is often the next step for a Nursing Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, Methodist, and Albany Medical Center Hospital are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Nursing Managers. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $122K. Also paying near the top of the field are Dignity Health at $114K, WellStar Health System at $95K, and Albany Medical Center Hospital, where Nursing Managers annually earn $94K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Methodist at $69K, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems at $77K, and Novant Health, where $81K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Oncology, Telemetry, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people skilled in Medicine / Surgery are similarly competent in Quality Improvement / QA. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER).

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Nursing Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $74K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $77K. On average, Nursing Managers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Nursing Managers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Denver (7 percent lower and 4 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



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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Leadership
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$80,000

People Management
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Pediatrics
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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
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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