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American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Leader Survey: Compensation Trends and Satisfaction Levels

Thrall, Terese Hudson MFA

Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 5 - p 250–253
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000062
Departments: AONE Leadership Perspectives

The American Organization of Nurse Executives conducted a salary survey of more than 4,600 nurse leaders, capturing information from 2012. About half of the salaries fall between $80,000 and $130,000. When correlating years of leadership to salary level, the 10-year mark appears to be the tipping point in terms of higher salaries for nurse leaders, with 52% of those with 11 to 20 years of experience and 64% of those with more than 20 years of experience reporting annual salaries equal to or greater than $120,000. Overall job satisfaction is high among nurse leaders, with 62% stating that they are very satisfied and another 29% responding that they are somewhat satisfied.

Author Affiliation: Senior Communications Specialist (interim), American Organization of Nurse Executives, Chicago, Illinois.

This study was initiated and developed under the leadership of Alyse Kittner, director of membership and marketing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Chicago, Illinois.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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