CNO represents the most advanced nursing management position for RNs. These officers coordinate nursing operations and speak on behalf of nurses. CNOs work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment for medical and health services managers to increase 32% from 2019-2029. According to July 2021 PayScale data, CNOs earn an average salary of $134,300 per year.
CNOs typically need an MHA, an MSN with a concentration in nursing administration, or an MBA in healthcare administration. Some organizations prefer applicants with a DNP in administration. Aspiring CNOs may benefit from earning the nurse executive certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.