Head Nurse Salary in the United States

How much does a Head Nurse make in the United States? The average Head Nurse salary in the United States is $107,946 as of June 27, 2019, but the range typically falls between $98,226 and $118,790. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Job Description

Head Nurse plans and implements the overall nursing policies, procedures, and services for a unit. Maintains nursing staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training clinical staff. Being a Head Nurse ensures that nurses are current in competencies, assessments, licensure, certifications, and other annual training. May provide direct patient care and is responsible for assessing, planning, and evaluating patients. Additionally, Head Nurse must be a registered nurse with at least 5 years of clinical experience in a related field. Typically reports to top management. The Head Nurse manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. Extensive knowledge of department processes. 1 to 3 years supervisory experience may be required. (Copyright 2019 Salary.com)

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