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Director, Nursing Salary

Salaries for Directors of Nursing in the United States average out at around $80K per year, but New York employers pay the most, offering approximately $123K on average. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,836 - $117,244
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,951
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$24.73 - $50.93
(Median)
$25
$34
$51
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,836 - $117,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,282  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,139  
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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$57,240 - $118,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.73 - $50.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,282  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,139  
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).
)
$57,240 - $118,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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 $160K per year. 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


Directors of Nursing flock to Kindred Healthcare for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $94K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Surgery, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, and Long Term Care. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $78K. On average, Directors of Nursing make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries


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Leadership
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Regulatory Compliance
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People Management
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Organizational Development
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National Average
$80,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 271 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
27%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 22%
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