Slightly less than three-fifths of Directors of Nursing in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $60K to $120K per year, but median earnings come to around $82K per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Nursing — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $60K to $120K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and tenure. For the most part, Directors of Nursing enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$60,397 - $119,725
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$60K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,666
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$25.84 - $49.97
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,397 - $119,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,765  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$59,684 - $120,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,667
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.84 - $49.97  
   
Overtime
$23.70 - $73.76  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$59,684 - $120,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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 $163K per year. Many Directors of Nursing advance into roles as Long Term Care Nursing Directors or Nursing Directors, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing fill the offices of leading firms Brightstar Healthcare LLC, HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters, LHC Group, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, HCA, Inc. offers the most; Directors of Nursing earn $111K on average there. Kindred Healthcare, Correct Care Solutions, Inc., and Benedictine Health Systems also offer top salaries for Directors of Nursing. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $94K, $84K, and $81K, respectively.

Brightstar Healthcare LLC, HCR ManorCare and LHC Group, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $71K, $76K, and $77K.

Popular Skills for Director, Nursing


Directors of Nursing seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Critical Care can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 37 percent above average. Operations Management and Budget Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 37 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include registered nurse, Home Health/Home Care, and Case Management. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know Operations Management.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $75K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $85K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,272

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For Directors of Nursing, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 69 percent above the national average. Directors of Nursing will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+34 percent), Philadelphia (+31 percent), Phoenix (+29 percent), and San Antonio (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tulsa, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Columbus and 8 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director, Nursing Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Director, Nursing Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 37%



up arrow 7%

Psychiatric
up arrow 4%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Organizational Development
up arrow 2%

Wound Care
up arrow 1%

People Management
0%

National Average
$81,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%



registered nurse
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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