Nursing Manager Salary (United States)

Nursing Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around three in five of Nursing Managers. Pay fluctuates from $56,575 to $106,392 per year, but expected earnings average $79,827 per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$57,887 - $107,281
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Nursing Manager Salary (?
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$24.69 - $47.37
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$57,887 - $107,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,163  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,122  
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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$56,575 - $106,392  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$24.69 - $47.37  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $59.77  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,163  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,122  
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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$56,575 - $106,392  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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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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While not commonly seen, Nursing Managers who transition into a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) position may earn an additional $33K per year. More commonly, Nursing Managers become Nursing Directors or Director, Nursings.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager

Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Nursing Managers. Nursing Managers flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $101,500 lead the pack in compensation.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $65,513. Workers at Novant Health and HCA, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $81,080 and $83,326, respectively.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager

Nursing Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Oncology, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people familiar with Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Quality Improvement / QA. People who know Medicine / Surgery usually also know Quality Improvement / QA and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $78K from $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $82K after one to two decades. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Nursing Managers who have made it this far report earning around $86K per year. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 39 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 33 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 28 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Nursing Managers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Nursing Managers see paychecks higher than average (+35 percent, +26 percent, +20 percent, and +18 percent). Rochester is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Workers in Denver and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-3 percent and -2 percent).

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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Pediatrics
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$80,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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