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Director, Nursing Salary (United States)

Directors of Nursing earn around $79K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $122K at the median. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+34 percent), Miami (+26 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Director, Nursing Salary (?
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$56,652 - $116,942
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MEDIAN: $79,075
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Director, Nursing Salary (?
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$23.78 - $50.50
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,652 - $116,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $9,787  
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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$55,920 - $117,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$23.78 - $50.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $9,787  
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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$55,920 - $117,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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
  • Maintain relationships with patients and families.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Directs the clinical and administrative staff in quality and consistent patient care.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Director, Nursing

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There are some Directors of Nursing — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs and Chief Nursing Officers, where earnings are typically $158K annually. A lot of Directors of Nursing advance their careers by becoming Long Term Care Nursing Directors and Nursing Directors. However, those positions offer $5K less and $7K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing

The biggest paychecks can be found at Kindred Healthcare — the median salary there is $94K. Kindred Healthcare also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing

Survey results imply that Directors of Nursing deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Budget Management, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 18 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management, Home Health/Home Care, and Geriatrics. Most people who know Leadership also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Nursing

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Directors of Nursing, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. For Directors of Nursing, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $88K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 40 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 28 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 30 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Miami
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Phoenix
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Denver
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National Average
$79,000
Salt Lake City
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Austin
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Cincinnati
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Tulsa
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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

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Organizational Development
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$79,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 22%