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Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $55K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $82K per year. Cash earnings for Nursing Directors — including $10K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $55K to $121K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Nursing Directors (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Nursing Directors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,862 - $118,704
(Median)
$56K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,889
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$23.51 - $53.92
(Median)
$24
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,862 - $118,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,181  
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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$55,085 - $120,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 939
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.51 - $53.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,181  
   
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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$55,085 - $120,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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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At the upper end, Nursing Directors who move into a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs and Chief Nursing Officers is a much higher $159K per year. The most common career progression for Nursing Directors leads to becoming a Chief Nursing Officer, where average pay is $115K 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 takers working as Nursing Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Critical Care, Acute Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Elder Care, Long Term Care, and Home Health/Home Care. The majority of those who know Elder Care also know Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Director

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


Nursing Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. Nursing Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $84K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $92K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries




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National Average
$82,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%