Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders

In an ongoing effort to advance nursing practice and patient care, and promote nursing leadership excellence, AONE has updated its nurse leader salary and compensation report.

The AONE Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders | 2016 edition has 80 pages of in-depth findings covering the salary, benefits, bonus structure and job satisfaction for responding nurse leaders nationwide. With over 2,500 nurse leaders participating, it is the only report aggregating this information specifically for nurse leaders. The report also outlines work setting characteristics, nurse leader demographics and other practice information for nursing leadership professionals.

AONE members have free, unlimited access to the AONE Salary and Compensation Study for Nurse Leaders. Non-members may purchase the report.

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In the report you’ll find information such as:

  • Salary: Half of responding nurse leaders’ salaries fall between $90,000 and $149,999
  • Salary by education: Sixty-one percent of nurse leaders who have a master’s degree earn between $100,000 and $179,999 per year.
  • Recommendation of the profession: Fifty-three percent of respondents rate their willingness to recommend a career in nursing leadership as a nine or ten on a ten point scale.

For additional information about the AONE salary and compensation study, please contact Alyse Kittner, director of membership and marketing.


Data was collected confidentially and has been shared throughout this report in aggregate form. The collection of data and presentation in this report follows the safety zone requirements described in the Statement of Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Enforcement Policy on provider participation in exchanges of price and cost information.