Director, Nursing Salary

Directors of Nursing in the United States earn an average of $80K annually, and top pay can be found in New York, where the average is $130K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,305 - $117,287
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,992
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$24.91 - $50.99
(Median)
$25
$34
$51
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,305 - $117,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,319  
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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$57,815 - $118,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,644
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.91 - $50.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,319  
   
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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$57,815 - $118,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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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Directors of Nursing who transition into a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $160K 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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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Healthcare offers the most; Directors of Nursing earn $94K on average there.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Survey results imply that Directors of Nursing deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, and Long Term Care. The majority of those who know Leadership also know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. Directors of Nursing bring in $83K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

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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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People Management
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National Average
$80,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 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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