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Nursing Home Administrator Salary

Median pay for Nursing Home Administrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $81K annually. Total cash earnings of Nursing Home Administrators range from $47K on the low end to $117K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up the majority of Nursing Home Administrators (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, one in five claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Nursing Home Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,913 - $110,585
(Median)
$49K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $80,550
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90%

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$11.63 - $45.39
(Median)
$12
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$48,913 - $110,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,642  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$47,379 - $117,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,005
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$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $45.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.00  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,642  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
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).
)
$47,379 - $117,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Nursing Home Administrator

A nursing home administrator's main function is the management of the residents in a nursing home. They oversee development and implementation of the facility management system, as well as supervise and coordinate the work of all departments. Typically a nursing home administrator provides oversight of the facility's quality assurance process; to do this, they must have good working knowledge of relevant local, federal, and state laws.

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Nursing Home Administrator Tasks

  • Maintain relationships with patients and families.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Directs the clinical and administrative staff in quality and consistent patient care.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Home Administrator


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Nursing Home Administrators who transition into an upper level Licensed Nursing Home Administrator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Licensed Nursing Home Administrator makes $81K a year.

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Nursing Home Administrators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Budget Management, Team Leadership, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Leadership. Budget Management and Operations Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Home Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. For Nursing Home Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $92K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Nursing Home Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$81,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Nursing Home Administrator Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 13%



Team Leadership
up arrow 7%

People Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$81,000

Leadership
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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