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Director, Nursing Salary

Directors of Nursing in the United States earn an average of $80K per year, and top pay can be found in New York, where the average is $126K. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent), Phoenix (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), and Atlanta (+21 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,657 - $117,236
(Median)
$58K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,756
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$24.36 - $50.76
(Median)
$24
$33
$51
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,657 - $117,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,281  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$56,951 - $118,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,595
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.36 - $50.76  
   
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 - $10,281  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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).
)
$56,951 - $118,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220

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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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While not commonly seen, Directors of Nursing who transition into a VP or Chief Nursing Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs and Chief Nursing Officers is $159K per year. Directors of Nursing most frequently become Long Term Care Nursing Directors and Nursing Directors even though median compensation is $5K lower and $7K 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 seem to exploit 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 11 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Home Health/Home Care, Case Management, and Geriatrics. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Nursing

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Directors of Nursing with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. Directors of Nursing bring in $83K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $88K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries


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$80,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 283 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%