Nursing Manager Salary (United States)

Nursing Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—about two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $56,575 to $106,392 per year, typical earnings come to $79,827 annually. With some bonuses approaching $6,163 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $4,122, overall incomes in the Nursing Managers from $57,887 to $107,281 depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,887 - $107,281
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$24.69 - $47.37
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National Salary Data

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$57,887 - $107,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,163  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,122  
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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
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Overtime
$1.71 - $59.77  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$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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Though not the most common occurrence, Nursing Managers who become Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)s earn an extra $33K per year. More often, however, Nursing Managers go on to become Nursing Directors or Director, Nursings.

Nursing Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager

Nursing Managers fill the offices of leading firms HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kaiser Permanente offers the most; Nursing Managers earn $101,500 on average there.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Hudson Headwaters Health Network, where the median salary is 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 report using a large range of 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics, Case Management, and Psychiatric. Most people familiar with Medicine / Surgery also know Quality Improvement / QA and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Most people experienced in Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Nursing Managers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Starting at around $77K, salaries see a boost to $78K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $82K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Nursing Managers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $86K annually. 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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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nursing Managers, 39 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Seattle, where Nursing Managers annually earn 35 percent, 26 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent more than the national average. With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (-3 percent) and Portland (-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

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$80,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
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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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