Director, Nursing Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Directors of Nursing in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $60K to $120K per year and averages out to $81K per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Nursing bottoms out near $60K and approaches $120K on the high end; the bigger paychecks include bonuses that can occasionally surpass $15K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Nursing. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,356 - $119,485
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MEDIAN: $81,495
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$25.43 - $49.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,356 - $119,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,577  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,666  
Total Pay (?
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$59,583 - $119,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,661
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$25.43 - $49.38  
   
Overtime
$30.61 - $73.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,577  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,666  
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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$59,583 - $119,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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Job Description for Director, Nursing

The director of nursing is a high-level manager who is responsible for the performance of a nursing unit. They are accountable for a number of tasks within their unit or department, including planning, organization, supervision, evaluation, and compliance.

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Director, Nursing Tasks

  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Plan and direct the nursing program.
  • Maintain relationships with patients and families.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.

Common Career Paths for Director, Nursing


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At the upper end, Directors of Nursing who move into a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs and Chief Nursing Officers is a much higher $164K per year. Many Directors of Nursing advance into roles as Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors, but the median salaries are $7K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing


Dominating the field, Brightstar Healthcare LLC, Golden LivingCenters, HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and LHC Group, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Directors of Nursing. HCA, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $105K. Kindred Healthcare, Sava Senior Care, and Correct Care Solutions, Inc. also offer top salaries for Directors of Nursing. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $94K, $84K, and $84K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are LHC Group, Inc., Brightstar Healthcare LLC, and HCR ManorCare, each paying $75K.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Critical Care can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Budget Management and Operations Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 32 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like registered nurse, Home Health/Home Care, and Case Management. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Nursing

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


Directors of Nursing with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $74K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Directors of Nursing who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,169

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

With a pay rate for Directors of Nursing that is 53 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+48 percent), Los Angeles (+41 percent), Phoenix (+28 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Sarasota (12 percent less) and Columbus (9 percent less).

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Key Stats for Director, Nursing

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$81,000

▼1%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

Critical Care
▲32%



▲7%

▲3%


Wound Care
▲2%

▲1%


National Average
$81,000



▼4%



registered nurse
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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