Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salary

The median pay for Assistant Directors of Nursing comes out to approximately $65K per year in the United States, but employers in New York offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $107K. Assistant Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Colorado Springs (+19 percent), Richmond (+16 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,327 - $87,239
(Median)
$50K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $65,186
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$21.41 - $37.79
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$21
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$38
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,327 - $87,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,146  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,681  
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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$49,311 - $85,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$21.41 - $37.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,681  
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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$49,311 - $85,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 537
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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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At the upper end, Assistant Directors of Nursing who move into a Director of Nursing role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Nursing is a much higher $80K per year. Assistant Directors of Nursing typically move into roles as Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors, and those positions pay $9K more and $12K more, respectively.

Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Assistant Directors of Nursing in search of the best pay head to Genesis HealthCare, where the median salary rolls in at $71K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $84K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $50K.

HCR ManorCare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $66K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $45K to $79K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Organizational Development, Wound Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Home Health/Home Care. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $61K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $64K. For Assistant Directors of Nursing, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $67K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,944

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Experience Affects Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Salaries

Clinical Supervision
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Organizational Development
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National Average
$64,000

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 188 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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