How California’s Skilled Nursing Wages Compare to the U.S.

Chief executives and financial managers who work in California’s skilled nursing industry make more per year than the national average for those professions, while general and operations managers earn less.

That’s according to a sample from a newly launched National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) MAP report that tracks metropolitan, state, and national employment and wage data for occupations associated with senior living. The report is based on 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Chief executives and general and financial managers who work in skilled nursing earned on average $207,060 and $109,990 per year, respectively, the NIC report shows. That’s more than the national average annual wages of $157,260 and $112,060 for the same professions.


But general and operations managers pulled in slightly less per year than the the national average. Those workers made $106,470 annually, which is less than the national average annual wage of $109,130 for that role.

Some direct care workers also beat the national average wage in the state of California. California’s skilled nursing assistants earn on average $30,190 per year, compared to the national average annual wage of $26,590, for instance.

Overall, skilled nursing workers made slightly more in California than in the rest of the country, the report shows. The statewide annual wage was $43,520 when averaged across all of the 135,250 people who work in skilled nursing, compared with the national average wage of $37,610.


Read the sample report at NIC’s website.

Written by Tim Regan

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