Nursing Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $60K to $134K per year, median earnings come to $89K annually. Final cash compensation to Nursing Directors varies from around $60K to approximately $134K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $14K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Nursing Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,559 - $133,181
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$61K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,193
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$25.86 - $56.48
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$26
$39
$56
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,559 - $133,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,520  
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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$60,152 - $134,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.86 - $56.48  
   
Overtime
$49.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,520  
   
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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$60,152 - $134,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Nursing Directors who go on to become VPs and Chief Nursing Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs and Chief Nursing Officers is $163K annually. With an annual salary of $119K, Chief Nursing Officer is the most common role for Nursing Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Nursing Home Director role — which usually pays $72K — is also typical for Nursing Directors, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Nursing Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Surgery, Emergency/Trauma, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geriatrics, Elder Care, and Home Health/Home Care. Most people who know Acute 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.


For many Nursing Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $77K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $85K. Nursing Directors bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries

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Medicine / Surgery
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$89,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 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
29%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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