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Director, Nursing Salary

The median salary for Directors of Nursing in the United States is approximately $80K annually, but employers pay the most in New York, offering around $126K on average. Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), Phoenix (+21 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,816 - $117,220
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,897
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$24.59 - $50.88
(Median)
$25
$34
$51
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,816 - $117,220  
   
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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$57,162 - $118,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.59 - $50.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.29  
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).
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$57,162 - $118,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

Common Career Paths for Director, Nursing


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Directors of Nursing sometimes assume positions such as VPs and Chief Nursing Officers. That role pays $159K per year on average. Many Directors of Nursing go on to become Long Term Care Nursing Directors or Nursing Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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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


Directors of Nursing report using a deep pool 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 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, and Geriatrics. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. Directors of Nursing see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Directors of Nursing with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries


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National Average
$80,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 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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