Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Nursing Directors. Salaries average out to around $83K annually and spread from $56K to $122K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Nursing Directors can bottom out near $56K or peak near $122K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Nursing Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Nursing Directors who took the survey are female. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,485 - $120,212

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$24.00 - $55.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,485 - $120,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,219  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,500  
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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$56,340 - $122,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 907
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $55.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,500  
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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$56,340 - $122,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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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While not commonly seen, Nursing Directors 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 $160K per year. The most common career progression for Nursing Directors leads to becoming a Chief Nursing Officer, where average pay is $116K annually. However, many Nursing Directors also opt to become Nursing Home Directors. Typically, a Nursing Home Director brings home $72K.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Survey results imply that Nursing Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Acute Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Geriatrics. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $74K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Directors make a median salary of $87K. Nursing Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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

Organizational Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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