Director, Nursing Salary (United States)

Nursing Directors earn around $79,271 annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $122K at the median. Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, and Philadelphia also offer top salaries for Nursing Directors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 34 percent, 26 percent, 18 percent, and 18 percent more, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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Salary
$56,652 - $116,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$55,920 - $117,998  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,303
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Hourly Rate
$23.78 - $50.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.46  
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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  
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Nursing Directors move into roles as Vice President (VP) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)s, bringing in an extra $79K per year. More often than not, a Long Term Care Nursing Director role is the next step for Nursing Directors moving up in the field, a transition which actually results in a $5,085 pay cut. Many Nursing Directors choose to take on a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) role instead, where salaries typically go up by $34K.

Director, Nursing Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing

Those at Kindred Healthcare can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $94,385. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Corizon, where the median salary is just $73,698.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing

Nursing Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate 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 Nursing Directors, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries start at $70K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $81K. After 20 years of work in the field, Nursing Directors typically earn $88K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience—one to nine years—make up 40 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 28 percent, and those with the most experience—more than 20 years—account for 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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Cincinnati
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Tulsa
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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries

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$79,000

Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

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Regulatory Compliance
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$79,000

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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%
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