Director, Nursing Salary

The median salary for Directors of Nursing in the United States is $81K annually, and compared to other cities, New York offers the biggest paychecks at around $135K on average. Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+24 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$59,217 - $119,532
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,555
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$24.76 - $50.73
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$25
$35
$51
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,217 - $119,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,655  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,042  
Total Pay (?
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$58,541 - $120,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,873
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Hourly Rate
$24.76 - $50.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,655  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,042  
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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$58,541 - $120,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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.

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Directors of Nursing' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP or Chief Nursing Officer. The average VP or Chief Nursing Officer brings home $162K per year. Many Directors of Nursing go on to become Nursing Directors or Long Term Care Nursing Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $7K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing flock to Corizon, Brightstar Healthcare LLC, LHC Group, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Correct Care Solutions, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Healthcare offers the most; Directors of Nursing earn $94K on average there.

For Directors of Nursing, below-average salaries can be found at Brightstar Healthcare LLC; in fact, average earnings are around $66K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($46K versus $81K) is great.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Case Management. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $73K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $78K. Directors of Nursing with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,508

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

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Leadership
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Regulatory Compliance
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Organizational Development
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People Management
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$81,000





Acute Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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