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 $85K annually and spread from $58K to $125K per year. Cash earnings for Nursing Directors — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $58K to $125K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Nursing Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are far more female Nursing Directors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,125 - $122,180
(Median)
$59K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,693
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50%
90%

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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 (?
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Nursing Directors sometimes become VPs and Chief Nursing Officers, where the average income is $162K per year. A Chief Nursing Officer role is the most common promotion for Nursing Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $118K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Nursing Directors is a Nursing Home Director position, where earnings are usually $72K.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $76K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $82K. Nursing Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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
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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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