Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $83K per year, but may range from $56K to $123K per year. Total cash compensation to Nursing Directors bottoms out near $56K and approaches $123K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Nursing Directors (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nursing Directors. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,364 - $120,189
(Median)
$57K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,956
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$23.74 - $55.25
(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
$57,364 - $120,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
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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$56,174 - $122,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 921
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.74 - $55.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
   
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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$56,174 - $122,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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 $161K annually. The most common promotion for Nursing Directors is Chief Nursing Officer, a position that typically pays $116K annually. Another standard transition for Nursing Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Nursing Home Director role, where pay is often $72K.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 Elder Care, Long Term 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 many Nursing Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $92K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries




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Psychiatric
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National Average
$83,000

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Wound Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 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
31%
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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