Director, Nursing Salary

Directors of Nursing earn around $81K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $135K at the median. Directors of Nursing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+24 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,217 - $119,532
(Median)
$59K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,555
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$24.76 - $50.73
(Median)
$25
$35
$51
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,217 - $119,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,655  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,042  
Total Pay (?
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$58,541 - $120,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$24.76 - $50.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,655  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,042  
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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$58,541 - $120,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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.

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Directors of Nursing' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP or Chief Nursing Officer. The average VP or Chief Nursing Officer brings home $162K 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing


Corizon, Brightstar Healthcare LLC, LHC Group, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Correct Care Solutions, Inc. are top-notch employers for Directors of Nursing in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Healthcare offers the most; Directors of Nursing earn $94K on average there.

Brightstar Healthcare LLC offers the least money; the median income there is just $66K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $46K and $81K.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Acute Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Case Management. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well versed in 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $73K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $78K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Nursing make a median salary of $84K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,508

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

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Leadership
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
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Organizational Development
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People Management
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Psychiatric
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National Average
$81,000





Acute Care
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 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
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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