Director, Nursing Salary

Directors of Nursing in the United States earn an average of $80K per year; salaries are particularly strong in New York, where workers earn around $130K. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$58,183 - $117,427
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,064
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$24.87 - $50.95
(Median)
$25
$34
$51
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,183 - $117,427  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,318  
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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$57,674 - $118,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.87 - $50.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.27  
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 - $10,318  
   
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).
)
$57,674 - $118,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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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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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 $161K per year. 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


Kindred Healthcare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $94K.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Surgery, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $87K.

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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 262 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
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 21%
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