Nursing Director Salary

Nursing Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than two-thirds of Nursing Directors. Salaries average out to around $90K annually and spread from $61K to $135K per year. Total cash compensation for Nursing Directors runs from $61K to $135K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Nursing Directors are female. Work is enjoyable for Nursing Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,966 - $134,195
$61K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,361
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50%
90%

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$26.93 - $56.61
$27
$39
$57
MEDIAN: $39.42
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,966 - $134,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,505  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$60,513 - $135,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$26.93 - $56.61  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $85.42  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$60,513 - $135,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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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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For Nursing Directors, progressing to a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP or Chief Nursing Officer can earn $164K annually. Going from Nursing Director to Chief Nursing Officer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $119K. 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. Lucky workers who know Emergency/Trauma can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Emergency Room (ER) and Critical Care are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 21 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Elder Care, Geriatrics, and Home Health/Home Care. It is often found that people who know Acute Care are also skilled 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $86K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $78K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Directors make a median salary of $95K. 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 $100K.

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Key Stats for Nursing Director

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$90,000

▼5%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries



▲15%

▲15%

▲15%


Organizational Development
▼0%

National Average
$90,000


▼8%

▼8%




▼15%

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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