Nursing Director Salary

Just under two-thirds of Nursing Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $56K to $123K per year, and the average comes out to $83K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Nursing Directors spread between $56K and $123K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The vast majority (89 percent) of Nursing Directors who took the survey are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$57,203 - $120,346
(Median)
$57K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,029
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$23.67 - $55.36
(Median)
$24
$38
$55
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,203 - $120,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,237  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,537  
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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$56,020 - $122,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 913
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $55.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,237  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,537  
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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$56,020 - $122,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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Job Description for Nursing Director

Nursing directors oversee all nursing activities within a health care institution. They direct, plan, and evaluate programs and overall care, as well as ensure the goals and overall philosophy of the department are followed. Nursing directors oversee staff, providing guidance and discipline as necessary; these directors often play a role in the hiring process for nurses as well. They help develop and finalize budgets, and they then must handle cost control and ensure their department remains within that budget. Additionally, nursing directors oversee their department's communication with physicians and other health care professionals in areas such as patient needs. Nursing directors consult with upper-level managers on high-level administrative decisions and provide information to supervisors related to the nursing staff's workload and budget.

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Nursing Director Tasks

  • Develop and implement standards of care relevant to patient services and personnel.
  • Supervise all personnel who deliver direct patient services.
  • Coordinates all patient services.
  • Retain quality personnel through hiring, training and evaluation programs.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Director


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Nursing Directors do not often transition into VP or Chief Nursing Officer roles. The role averages $160K per year. With an annual salary of $116K, Chief Nursing Officer is the most common role for Nursing Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Nursing Home Director role — which usually pays $72K — is also typical for Nursing Directors, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Nursing Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Critical Care, Acute Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Geriatrics. Those proficient in Elder Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Director

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


For Nursing Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Nursing Directors see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $93K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries





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National Average
$83,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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