Assistant Directors of Nursing earn around $66K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $98K at the median. Assistant Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Colorado Springs (+20 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Richmond (+12 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,371 - $87,271
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MEDIAN: $66,459
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$22.29 - $38.95
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$51,371 - $87,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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$50,041 - $86,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,070
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$22.29 - $38.95  
   
Overtime
$29.46 - $59.17  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$50,041 - $86,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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

  • 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.
  • Assist with management of the Department of Nursing, including evaluation of staff.
  • Evaluate and take action around complaints, failed audits, and staff problems.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


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It's not very common for Assistant Directors of Nursing to move on to become Directors of Nursing. Average pay for a Director of Nursing is $80K annually. Assistant Directors of Nursing typically move into roles as Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors, and those positions pay $9K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Assistant Directors of Nursing include Golden LivingCenters, Genesis HealthCare, HCR ManorCare, Brookdale, and Signature Healthcare, LLC. Those at Life Care Centers of America can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $78K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis HealthCare at $72K, Nursing Home Group at $71K, and Signature Healthcare, LLC, where Assistant Directors of Nursing annually earn $67K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Brookdale at $64K, and Golden LivingCenters where $66K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Assistant Directors of Nursing there earn up to $95K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Assistant Directors of Nursing report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Organizational Development, Clinical Supervision, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Home Health/Home Care. Those familiar with Geriatrics also tend to know Clinical Supervision.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Assistant Directors of Nursing do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $65K. For Assistant Directors of Nursing, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,266

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Experience Affects Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

Psychiatric
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Clinical Supervision
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Organizational Development
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National Average
$65,000

Wound Care
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Long Term Care
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Geriatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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