Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $59K to $113K per year, median earnings come to $83K annually. Overall cash earnings for Nursing Managers stretch from $59K on the lower end to $113K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Nursing Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are far more female Nursing Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$61,401 - $114,079
$61K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,170
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$25.25 - $49.45
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MEDIAN: $35.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,401 - $114,079  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,746  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,839  
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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$59,335 - $113,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.25 - $49.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$25.49 - $63.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,746  
   
Commission
$200.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,839  
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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$59,335 - $113,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 554

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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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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 $120K per year. Nursing Managers most often advance into Nursing Director and Director of Nursing positions even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Nursing Managers. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $148K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Dignity Health, Kindred Hospital, and The Veterans Administration (United States), where earnings of $114K, $102K, or $97K are standard for Nursing Managers.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems ($75K), Novant Health ($81K), and HCA, Inc. ($82K).

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Emergency Room, Critical Care, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management. Those familiar with Acute Care also tend to know Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). Most people experienced in Medicine / Surgery also know Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Pay by Experience for a Nursing Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Nursing Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 585 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nursing Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 630 salaries. An experienced Nursing Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 787 salaries. A Nursing Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 589 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,888

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

For Nursing Managers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Nursing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+40 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Denver (+16 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Jacksonville (6 percent lower) and Indianapolis (4 percent lower).

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
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Nursing Manager Salaries

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National Average
$82,000

▼2%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries





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Quality Improvement / QA
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National Average
$82,000


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▼7%

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 11%
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