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  1. I know salaries can vary widely based on cost of living, education, years of experience, etc. For frame of reference, I've been a nurse for 15 years, 10 years of quality and safety experience, CPHQ, SSGB, and CPPS certified, and hold two masters degrees. I was making 90k at a large teaching hospital in a similar position a few years ago, a masters degree and CPHQ were required for the role along with some related experience. I have heard that many staff take a pay cut to work in quality/safety if they are leaving the bedside. That was not the case with me 10 years ago. I am now in a director role in a suburban community hospital between Baltimore and Philadelphia, my manager equivalents are making 90k, both have over 10 years experience in their areas. Again, I know that cost of living can have a great impact on salaries awarded, but it seems that 90k seems fair especially as an entry level position in the field.