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Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salary (United States)

The average salary for Assistant Directors of Nursing in the United States is $65K per year, and pay runs especially high in New York, where the average is $93K. Also paying near the top of the field are Richmond, Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta, where Assistant Directors of Nursing annually earn 15 percent, 14 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more than the national average. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salary (?
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$49,703 - $86,602
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65K
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MEDIAN: $64,603
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Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salary (?
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$19.87 - $36.65
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,703 - $86,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$48,321 - $84,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 807
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $36.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$48,321 - $84,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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Job Description for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

Assistant directors of nursing (ADON) report to the director of nurses and the administrator of their facility. LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse) or RNs can be employed as ADONs. In addition, ADONs must be in good standing with any applicable State Nursing Boards.
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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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Assistant Directors of Nursing sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Nursing. That role typically pays $79K per year. Assistant Directors of Nursing moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

With a median salary of $70K, Life Care Centers of America offers Assistant Directors of Nursing the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $56K and are capped at $82K.
Pay for Assistant Directors of Nursing is the lowest at HCR ManorCare, which has a median salary of $66K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $83K. Genesis HealthCare also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

Assistant Directors of Nursing report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Clinical Supervision, Organizational Development, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care and Geriatrics. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled in Clinical Supervision and Organizational Development.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Assistant Directors of Nursing, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $60K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. Assistant Directors of Nursing claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a little more than half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining a little less than a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Richmond
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Dallas
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Nashville
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National Average
$63,000
Cleveland
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San Antonio
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Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
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Clinical Supervision
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Organizational Development
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National Average
$63,000
Wound Care
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Geriatrics
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Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 23%