Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Nursing Directors. Pay fluctuates from $58K to $125K per year, but expected earnings average $85K per year. Total cash earnings of Nursing Directors range from $58K on the low end to $125K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Nursing Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Nursing Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$59,125 - $122,180
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,693
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50%
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$24.73 - $56.68
(Median)
$25
$38
$57
MEDIAN: $37.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,125 - $122,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,338  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,333  
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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$58,056 - $124,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 957
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.73 - $56.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,338  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,333  
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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$58,056 - $124,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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It's not very common for Nursing Directors to move on to become VPs and Chief Nursing Officers. Average pay for a VP or Chief Nursing Officer is $162K annually. More often than not, a Chief Nursing Officer role is the next step for Nursing Directors moving up in the field. Chief Nursing Officers usually make $118K per year. Many other Nursing Directors choose to take on a Nursing Home Director role, where salaries are typically $72K.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Acute Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Home Health/Home Care, Elder Care, and Geriatrics. Most people 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $76K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Directors make a median salary of $88K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $95K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries




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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$85,000

Organizational Development
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Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Wound Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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