Head Nurse Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Baptist Medical Clinics
Highest Paying City
Fresno, CA
Highest Paying State
Average Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a head nurse make?
Head Nurses in America make an average salary of $61,765 per year or $29.7 per hour. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $99,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $38,000 per year. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska, and New York have the highest paying Head Nurse jobs. Most Head Nurses spend 4.5 years in the position.
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Average Head Nurse Salary By Location

Head Nurses in the United States of America make on average $61,765 a year or $29.7 per hour. Working in Fresno, CA as a Head Nurse will pay you the highest wages at around $108,460 per year. The average entry-level salary in Fresno, CA is $62,000. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska, and New York are the highest paying states. Arkansas, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Head Nurse Salaries

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

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Average Head Nurse Salary By Company

Head Nurses report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. Companies like Baptist Medical Clinics or Eastern Connecticut Health Network will get you the highest pay packages. In addition, companies like Lakeland Regional Orthopedic Associates and Green Janet Lynne report highly competitive salaries for Head Nurses.

Head Nurse Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Head Nurse Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Head Nurse can range from $49,311 to $83,743 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

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