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Director, Nursing Salary

The median salary for Directors of Nursing in the United States is $80K per year, and compared to other cities, New York offers the biggest paychecks at around $124K on average. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+34 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$57,267 - $116,847
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MEDIAN: $79,538
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$24.00 - $50.39
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$57,267 - $116,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,246  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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$56,415 - $117,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,461
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$24.00 - $50.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.38  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,246  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,696  
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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$56,415 - $117,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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 $157K per year on average. Many Directors of Nursing choose to become Long Term Care Nursing Directors and Nursing Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $7K less, respectively.

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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 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management, Home Health/Home Care, and Geriatrics. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $77K. For Directors of Nursing, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $88K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
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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 285 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: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 22%