Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salary

The average Assistant Director of Nursing in the United States earns approximately $67K per year. Compensation ranges from $50K on the lower end to $87K per year on the higher end. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. The majority of Assistant Directors of Nursing claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Assistant Directors of Nursing (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,214 - $87,027
$52K
$67K
$87K
MEDIAN: $67,263
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$22.32 - $40.41
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$0$87K
Salary $52,214 - $87,027
Bonus $0.00 - $4,989
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,750
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,453 - $86,676
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,114
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $22.32 - $40.41
Overtime $26.47 - $57.62
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,989
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,750
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,453 - $86,676
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 506

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Job Description for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

The nurse is the front line of patient care in a hospital. They interact with the patient most frequently, and they are usually the first to know if something has gone wrong. Though a nurse will have rounds that require them to attend to many patients in a given day, they get to know the patients closely. They are a liaison between the provider and the patient, as well as an immediate caregiver. The assistant director of nursing services is responsible for managing the overall scope of the facility's nursing staff.

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Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Tasks

  • Assist with management of the Department of Nursing, including evaluation of staff.
  • Evaluate and take action around complaints, failed audits, and staff problems.
  • Maintain and update audit, compliance and legal documentation, including analyzing patient and staff data.
  • Plan resource utilization and care interventions according to available data and known trends.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


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Assistant Directors of Nursing who advance into the role of a Director of Nursing are fairly uncommon. Directors of Nursing on average earn $80K per year. Typical career progression for an Assistant Director of Nursing involves becoming a Nursing Director or a Long Term Care Nursing Director, roles that pay $8K more and $11K more on average.

Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Golden LivingCenters, Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, HCR ManorCare, and Brookdale are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Assistant Directors of Nursing. Pay for Assistant Directors of Nursing is best at Genesis HealthCare, which offers a median salary of $72K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $60K to $87K. Assistant Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries at Signature Healthcare, LLC (+$72K), Life Care Centers of America (+$71K), and Golden LivingCenters (+$66K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Nursing Home Group at $58K, HCR ManorCare at $63K, and Golden LivingCenters, where $66K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Assistant Directors of Nursing generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Organizational Development, Clinical Supervision, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Home Health/Home Care and Geriatrics. Most people familiar with Geriatrics also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 663 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 458 salaries. An experienced Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 412 salaries. An Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 291 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,199

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Assistant Directors of Nursing in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Assistant Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent), Fort Worth (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Cleveland (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Key Stats for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$66,000

▼1%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

Psychiatric
▲1%

National Average
$66,000

Clinical Supervision
▼1%

Organizational Development
▼1%

▼2%

Rehabilitation
▼2%


▼3%

Home Health/Home Care
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 26%
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