Director, Nursing Salary

Directors of Nursing in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $60K to $120K per year, median earnings come to $82K per year. The range in cash compensation to Directors of Nursing ($60K to $120K) includes potential earnings of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most Directors of Nursing report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,294 - $119,526
$60K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,647
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$25.68 - $50.10
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MEDIAN: $35.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,294 - $119,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,692  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,542  
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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$59,567 - $120,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.68 - $50.10  
   
Overtime
$26.50 - $73.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,692  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,542  
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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$59,567 - $120,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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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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For Directors of Nursing, progressing to a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP or Chief Nursing Officer can earn $164K annually. Directors of Nursing most often advance into Nursing Director and Long Term Care Nursing Director positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Directors of Nursing include Brightstar Healthcare LLC, HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters, Kindred Healthcare, and LHC Group, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, HCA, Inc. offers the most; Directors of Nursing earn $105K on average there. Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks at Kindred Healthcare ($94K), Correct Care Solutions, Inc. ($84K), and Benedictine Health Systems ($81K).

Brightstar Healthcare LLC, LHC Group, Inc., and HCR ManorCare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($71K, $75K, and $75K respectively).

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Survey results imply that Directors of Nursing deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Critical Care, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include registered nurse, Home Health/Home Care, and Case Management. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $74K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. Directors of Nursing see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $87K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,344

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

For those looking to make money, Directors of Nursing in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+38 percent), Phoenix (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. Employers also pay below the national average in Sarasota (12 percent lower) and Columbus (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Director, Nursing

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
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

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

Critical Care
▲37%



▲7%

▲4%


▲1%


Wound Care
▲1%

National Average
$81,000



▼5%



registered nurse
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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