Median pay for Assistant Directors of Nursing in the United States is around $67K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Women make up the vast majority of Assistant Directors of Nursing (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Directors of Nursing. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $66,715
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Salary
$51,868 - $87,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,947  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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$50,152 - $86,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,090
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$22.31 - $39.31  
   
Overtime
$29.42 - $59.60  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,947  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$50,152 - $86,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 467

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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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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. Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors are common next-step roles for Assistant Directors of Nursing moving up in their careers; annual pay for Nursing Directors is $8K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Long Term Care Nursing Directors.

Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Golden LivingCenters, Genesis HealthCare, HCR ManorCare, Life Care Centers of America, and Brookdale are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Assistant Directors of Nursing. Employees at Genesis HealthCare enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $72K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $60K and higher ones not far away at only $87K. Assistant Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks at Signature Healthcare, LLC ($72K), Life Care Centers of America ($71K), and Nursing Home Group ($71K).

Other low-paying employers include HCR ManorCare at $63K and Golden LivingCenters at $65K, though some Assistant Directors of Nursing there earn up to $103K.

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, Clinical Supervision, Organizational Development, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Health/Home Care. Most people who know Geriatrics also 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.


For Assistant Directors of Nursing, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. For Assistant Directors of Nursing, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,446

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

For Assistant Directors of Nursing, New York provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Fort Worth (+10 percent), and Cleveland (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis and Dallas (8 percent lower).

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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 128 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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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




Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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