Average Nurse Manager Salary in California

Nurse managers in California earn an average of $129,689 per year (or $62.36 per hour).

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46% higher than the national average
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California nurse managers earn 46% higher than the national average salary for nurse managers, at $88,804 (or $42.69 per hour).

Nurse manager salary range in California

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $173,219 $83
75th Percentile $163,084 $78
Median $131,091 $63
25th Percentile $103,500 $49

80% of California nurse managers earn between $81,652 and $173,219.

Cost-of-living adjusted nurse manager salary in California

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, California nurse managers earn about $117,472 per year. Cost-of-living in California is 10% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in California for nurse managers

Santa Clara, CA $162,352 per year
Hayward, CA $158,597 per year
Sacramento, CA $141,706 per year
Fresno, CA $125,328 per year
Lodi, CA $125,087 per year
Los Angeles, CA $121,437 per year
Ventura, CA $119,785 per year
Carlsbad, CA $118,341 per year
Ontario, CA $116,825 per year
Bakersfield, CA $112,003 per year

California nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where nurse managers are paid the highest is Santa Clara, where the average nurse managers salary is $162,352 and 20,640 registered nurses are currently employed. The Hayward area comes in second, with a $158,597 average nurse manager salary and 41,160 registered nurses employed.

Nurse managers salaries in other states

Oregon $104,320 per year
Alaska $97,230 per year
Massachusetts $115,956 per year
Washington $101,217 per year
New York $97,986 per year
Nevada $102,713 per year
New Jersey $95,805 per year
Connecticut $102,590 per year
Minnesota $98,688 per year
Maryland $88,582 per year

How much do other nurses get paid in California?

Transport Nurse $150,607 per year
Transplant Nurse $144,331 per year
Fertility Nurse $142,700 per year
Reproductive Nurse $142,700 per year
Endoscopy Nurse $139,102 per year
Cath Lab Nurse $135,964 per year
Womens Health Nurse $135,964 per year
ENT Nurse $135,964 per year
Primary Care Nurse $130,735 per year
Nurse Educator $130,735 per year

At a $129,689 average annual salary, nurse managers in California tend to earn less than transport nurses ($150,607), transplant nurses ($144,331), fertility nurses ($142,700), reproductive nurses ($142,700), endoscopy nurses ($139,102), cath lab nurses ($135,964), womens health nurses ($135,964), ENT nurses ($135,964), primary care nurses ($130,735), and nurse educators ($130,735).

More about nurse managers

Nurse managers oversee the day-to-day work of nurses in a hospital or clinical setting. They serve as clinical and administrative leaders of their units, leading patient care while also supervising other nurses.

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Data sources: rn salary data, cost of living data, proprietary data from Incredible Health