Head Nurse Salary

A Head Nurse earns an average salary of $79,096 per year. A skill in Critical Care is associated with high pay for this job.

$48,719 - $103,705
$49K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,430
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50%
90%

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$24.09 - $43.61
$24
$33
$44
MEDIAN: $33.17
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50%
90%

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$0$103K
Salary $48,719 - $103,705
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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$50,576 - $102,288
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $24.09 - $43.61
Overtime $49.02
Annual Data $0$102K
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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$50,576 - $102,288
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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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
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Head Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$69,000

Entry-Level
▼1%

Skills That Affect Head Nurse Salaries

▲28%

People Management
▲7%

National Average
$69,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 14%
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