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Nursing Director Salary

The majority of Nursing Directors in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $56K to $121K per year, and the median is $83K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Nursing Directors spread between $56K and $121K depending on individual performance. Location 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 a majority collect dental insurance. There are far more female Nursing Directors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. For the most part, Nursing Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,738 - $119,315
(Median)
$57K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,552
10%
50%
90%

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$23.62 - $54.74
(Median)
$24
$37
$55
MEDIAN: $36.00
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50%
90%

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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
$56,738 - $119,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
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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$55,750 - $121,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.62 - $54.74  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
   
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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$55,750 - $121,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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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. Becoming a Chief Nursing Officer is, more often than not, the most common role that Nursing Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $115K. Another frequent advance is for Nursing Directors to assume a Nursing Home Director role; in this role, workers often earn $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 20 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Elder Care, Long Term Care, and Home Health/Home Care. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nursing Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. Nursing Directors bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

Organizational Development
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Wound Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 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
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
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