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Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Nursing Directors. Salaries average out to around $82K annually and spread from $55K to $121K per year. Total cash compensation to Nursing Directors bottoms out near $55K and approaches $121K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nursing Directors. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Nursing Directors are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,366 - $118,600
(Median)
$56K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,028
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$23.65 - $54.69
(Median)
$24
$37
$55
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
$56,366 - $118,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,169  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,575  
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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$55,486 - $120,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 934
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.65 - $54.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.24  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,575  
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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$55,486 - $120,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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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There are some Nursing Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs and Chief Nursing Officers, where earnings are an average $159K annually. Going from Nursing Director to Chief Nursing Officer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $116K. Many others choose to work as Nursing Home Directors, where pay is typically $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 21 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Elder Care, Long Term Care, and Home Health/Home Care. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent in 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $73K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. On average, Nursing Directors make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $92K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 199 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
30%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

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