Average Head Nurse Salary
$62,000 yearly
$30.11 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$49,000
10 %
$62,000
Median
$79,000
90 %
What Is The Average Head Nurse Salary?
The average head nurse salary is $62,639 per year, or $30.11 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $49,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $79,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey, and Nevada provide the highest head nurse salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$79,000
$6,583
$38
75th Percentile
$70,000
$5,833
$34
Average
$62,639
$5,220
$30
25th Percentile
$55,000
$4,583
$26
10th Percentile
$49,000
$4,083
$24

Average Head Nurse Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where head nurses earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Head Nurse average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$55,723
$26.79
Alaska
$64,755
$31.13
Arizona
$69,154
$33.25
Arkansas
$57,164
$27.48
California
$105,045
$50.50
Colorado
$61,244
$29.44
Connecticut
$73,208
$35.20
Delaware
$66,012
$31.74
District of Columbia
$69,424
$33.38
Florida
$49,579
$23.84
Georgia
$65,325
$31.41
Hawaii
$93,936
$45.16
Idaho
$59,996
$28.84
Illinois
$57,232
$27.52
Indiana
$60,365
$29.02
Iowa
$44,200
$21.25
Kansas
$57,260
$27.53
Kentucky
$59,528
$28.62
Louisiana
$53,591
$25.76
Maine
$57,889
$27.83
Maryland
$65,405
$31.44
Massachusetts
$65,461
$31.47
Michigan
$62,409
$30.00
Minnesota
$65,097
$31.30
Mississippi
$55,248
$26.56
Missouri
$53,976
$25.95
Montana
$60,188
$28.94
Nebraska
$46,419
$22.32
Nevada
$78,868
$37.92
New Hampshire
$60,132
$28.91
New Jersey
$81,108
$38.99
New Mexico
$51,611
$24.81
New York
$69,287
$33.31
North Carolina
$48,818
$23.47
North Dakota
$47,015
$22.60
Ohio
$58,807
$28.27
Oklahoma
$53,164
$25.56
Oregon
$81,340
$39.11
Pennsylvania
$56,834
$27.32
Rhode Island
$69,194
$33.27
South Carolina
$51,838
$24.92
South Dakota
$48,179
$23.16
Tennessee
$53,716
$25.82
Texas
$59,228
$28.48
Utah
$63,041
$30.31
Vermont
$63,351
$30.46
Virginia
$61,205
$29.43
Washington
$64,885
$31.19
West Virginia
$58,901
$28.32
Wisconsin
$54,926
$26.41
Wyoming
$58,228
$27.99

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Highest Paying Cities For Head Nurse

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Bridgeport, CT
$73,390
$35.28
New York, NY
$69,477
$33.40
Mission, TX
$58,491
$28.12
Glen Ellyn, IL
$57,307
$27.55

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Average Head Nurse Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $62,600
    $30.11
    +2.4%
    2020
    $61,100
    $29.39
    +2.2%
    2019
    $59,800
    $28.74
    +1.4%
    2018
    $58,900
    $28.33
    +1.3%
    2017
    $58,200
    $27.98
    +0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Nurse Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $64,755

    A nurse coordinator is primarily in charge of overseeing all nurses and their activities in a hospital or clinic. Their responsibilities include managing and rotating schedules, assessing nurse performance, organizing nursing programs, and developing strategies to optimize procedures. They may also assist patients and answer inquiries, studying their conditions to develop specific care plans to suit their needs. Furthermore, as a nurse coordinator, it is essential to lead and encourage teams to reach goals, all while implementing the facility's policies and regulations.
    536,490 Nurse Coordinator Jobs
    Nurse Clinician

    Avg. salary: $63,472

    A nurse clinician is a health expert who provides care and assistance to patients in hospitals, clinics, or similar establishments. Among their responsibilities include preparing equipment and documents, administering medication, monitoring the patient's condition, maintaining charts, and regularly reporting to physicians. In some establishments, they may also perform administrative support tasks such as answering calls and correspondence, preparing and processing documents, and organizing records. Moreover, a nurse clinician must maintain an active communication line with fellow medical staff to provide optimal services to patients.
    488,904 Nurse Clinician Jobs
    Registered Nurse Charge Nurse

    Avg. salary: $63,421

    A registered charge nurse is responsible for supervising nurses' workflow in a particular department or area, ensuring every patient gets the proper care that they need. A registered charge nurse has the discretion to direct tasks, arrange schedules, and monitor patients, such as in the aspects of admission and discharge. Furthermore, a registered charge nurse must maintain an active line of communication and coordination among nurses, physicians, and other personnel involved as the conditions in a hospital can be unpredictable.
    536,268 Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Jobs
    Nurse Educator

    Avg. salary: $62,135

    A nurse educator is responsible for teaching aspiring professional nurses, designing courses according to the curriculum, and organizing activities to practice and enhance the students' knowledge. Nurse educators manage clinical activities and observe the students' performance in actual training. They must have excellent knowledge of the medical industry, as well as its practices, to respond to the students' inquiries and concerns accurately. A nurse educator identifies the students' strengths and weaknesses, develop comprehensive lesson plans, and strategizing various nursing programs.
    472,073 Nurse Educator Jobs
    Contractor-Registered Nurse

    Avg. salary: $92,735

    A contractor-registered nurse is responsible for taking care of patients in a medical facility or a similar setting under a contractual arrangement. Their responsibilities are no different from regular registered nurses. They also administer medicines, assist patients and their families, manage schedules, monitor patient conditions, update charts, maintain accurate records, and work full-time. Furthermore, they must coordinate with physicians and other health experts in creating and executing care plans for patients, all while maintaining an active communication line.
    531,339 Contractor-Registered Nurse Jobs
    Nurse Manager

    Avg. salary: $80,097

    The primary role of nurse managers is to supervise the nursing staff in a clinical or hospital setting. They are the ones who are in charge of patient care, setting work schedules, and making budgetary and management decisions. They are also responsible for making personnel decisions, coordinating meetings, and creating safe environments that promote patient engagement and aid the healthcare team's work. Their role is vital in promoting a culture in which team members contribute to professional growth and patient outcomes.
    319,536 Nurse Manager Jobs

    Head Nurse Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a head nurse can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $50,000
    $24.04
    Mid Level
    $62,700
    $30.17
    Senior Level
    $84,900
    $40.83

    Which Companies Pay Head Nurses The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like WOODHULL MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CENTER and MD Anderson Cancer Center as they offer the highest salaries for head nurses.
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    Recently Added Head Nurse Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse (HC
    Head Nurse (HC
    Bridgeport, CT
    08/24/2021
    $65,198
    08/24/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse (FP
    Head Nurse (FP
    Noank, CT
    07/28/2021
    $74,511
    07/28/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse (HC
    Head Nurse (HC
    Noank, CT
    07/02/2021
    $65,198
    07/02/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse HC
    Head Nurse HC
    Noank, CT
    05/21/2021
    $65,198
    05/21/2021
    Alamance Community College
    Nursing Department Head
    Nursing Department Head
    Graham, NC
    05/21/2021
    $62,076
    05/21/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse HC
    Head Nurse HC
    Noank, CT
    05/21/2021
    $65,198
    05/21/2021
    Alamance Community College
    Nursing Department Head
    Nursing Department Head
    Graham, NC
    05/21/2021
    $62,076
    05/21/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse (FP
    Head Nurse (FP
    Noank, CT
    03/26/2021
    $74,485
    03/26/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse HC
    Head Nurse HC
    Noank, CT
    01/29/2021
    $74,485
    01/29/2021
    State of Connecticut
    Head Nurse (Correctional Facility) (XS
    Head Nurse (Correctional Facility) (XS
    Noank, CT
    11/23/2020
    $73,801
    11/23/2020

    Average Head Nurse Salary by Demographic

    Head Nurse Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $66,695
    female-income
    Female Income
    $64,410
    Median Head Nurse Income by Race
    Asian head nurses have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american head nurses have the lowest average salary at $63,309.
    $72,000
    $70,000
    $68,000
    $66,000
    $64,000
    $62,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$65,385
    White$64,108
    Black or African American$63,309
    Asian$69,766
    Hispanic or Latino$65,194
    Average Head Nurse Salary by Education Level
    Head nurses with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $70,498 annually. With a Bachelors degree, head nurses earn a median annual income of $64,410 compared to $60,245 for head nurses with an Associate degree.
    $73,000
    $70,000
    $67,000
    $64,000
    $61,000
    $58,000
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$70,498
    Bachelor's Degree$64,410
    Some College/ Associate Degree$60,245