$71,498
Avg. Salary
$34.31
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,035

Bonus

$5,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Head Nurse is $34.31 per hour.

The average pay for a Head Nurse is $71,498 per year.

$22.74
10%
$34.31
50%
$47.22
90%
MEDIAN $34.31
$49k
10%
$71k
50%
$106k
90%
MEDIAN $71,498
$48,961 - $106,343
$49K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,498
10%
50%
90%

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$22.74 - $47.22
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MEDIAN: $34.31
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$0$106K
Salary $48,961 - $106,343
Bonus $2,035
Profit Sharing $5,500
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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$49,510 - $104,401
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 75
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $22.74 - $47.22
Overtime $0.21 - $61.66
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $2,035
Profit Sharing $5,500
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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$49,510 - $104,401
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

Job Description for Head Nurse

The head nurse is responsible for overseeing patients and other nursing staff within their unit over the course of their shift. Nurses in the unit report to the head nurse and consult them if there is a problem or general guidance is needed. Tasks performed by the head nurse include carrying out doctors' orders in terms of patient care, evaluating patients' needs and responses to treatments, discussing treatment options with patients and conducting other duties related to patient care. Additionally, the head nurse often helps assign nurses' rotations, and they must report any behavior among the nursing staff requiring discipline and administer disciplinary action if needed.

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Head Nurse Tasks
  • Evaluate and assess nursing needs of the client.
  • Observe signs and symptoms and report to the physician and/or other appropriate health professionals as often as needed, or upon changes in the client's condition.
  • Initiate diagnostic, preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures as appropriate to the client's care and safety.
  • Attend client care conferences and initiate client care conferences for complex and/or multidisciplinary clients whenever needed.
  • Coordinate the total plan of care and maintain continuity of client care by acting as a liaison with other health professionals assigned to the same clients.

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Head Nurse Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Head Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Head Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 17 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Head Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 37 salaries. A Head Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 21 salaries.

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Key Stats for Head Nurse

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Experience Affects Head Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Head Nurse Salaries

▲21%

People Management
▲1%

National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%