Nursing Manager Salary

Nursing Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K annually on average but can range from $60K to $115K per year. Cash earnings for Nursing Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $60K to approximately $115K. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Nursing Managers are female. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Nursing Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$62,134 - $115,085
$62K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,335
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$25.95 - $50.76
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MEDIAN: $35.93
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$0$115K
Salary $62,134 - $115,085
Bonus $0.00 - $9,788
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,852
Commission $200
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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$60,389 - $114,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,604
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $25.95 - $50.76
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $24.19 - $64.15
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,788
Commission $200
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,852
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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$60,389 - $114,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 517

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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As Nursing Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Nursing Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Nursing Officers earn $120K on average per year. Nursing Managers most often move into positions as Nursing Directors or Directors of Nursing. Nursing Directors actually earn $8K less on average, however, and Directors of Nursing earn $2K less per year than Nursing Managers do.

Nursing Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Nursing Manager


Nursing Managers flock to HCA, Inc., Novant Health, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $148K. Also paying near the top of the field are Dignity Health at $114K, Kindred Hospital at $102K, and The Veterans Administration (United States), where Nursing Managers annually earn $97K.

Employees at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Novant Health, and HCA, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $75K, $81K, and $82K.

Popular Skills for Nursing Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Geriatrics, Psychiatric, and Case Management. The majority of those who know Acute Care also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Quality Improvement / QA, and Emergency Room (ER). Those who learned Medicine / Surgery also tend to 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: $82,316

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nursing Managers, 44 percent above the national average. 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 the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Indianapolis (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Nursing Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Nursing Manager?

Nursing Manager in Bowler:
Pros: Autonomy, freedom, decision making.
Cons: Support.

Nursing Manager in Houston:
Pros: The patient population.
Cons: More work to be done for less pay.

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 232 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Experience Affects Nursing Manager Salaries

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$82,000

▼3%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Nursing Manager Salaries





▲3%

▲2%

▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$82,000

Quality Improvement / QA
▼1%



▼2%


▼8%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 11%