Nursing Instructor Salary (United States)

Nursing Instructors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $57,294 per year for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $39,813 to $81,492 per year. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Work is enjoyable for Nursing Instructors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$39,080 - $77,695
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MEDIAN: $55,684
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Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$19.98 - $43.12
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,080 - $77,695  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$39,813 - $81,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$19.98 - $43.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$39,813 - $81,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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Job Description for Nursing Instructor

Nursing instructors perform a variety of tasks related to instructing nursing students. They are in charge of teaching assigned classes and developing coursework needed to instruct students in the program. They also support their organization's director and the coordinator of the teaching faculty in organizing the nursing instruction program and implementing the program's standards. Nursing instructors must also stay up to date on their medical education so they can properly instruct their students in the most up-to-date methods and standards. Additionally, the nursing instructor must support the director and coordinator of the teaching faculty in the recruitment of staff and other faculty members.
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Nursing Instructor Tasks
  • Provide lessons, assign homework and administer tests.
  • Supervise clinical and laboratory based training and work.
  • Develop nursing curriculums, educate and lead lectures on patient care to new and experienced nurses.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Instructor

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Nursing Instructors' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Family Nurse Practitioner may get paid an extra $21K per year. More commonly, Nursing Instructors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Postsecondary Nursing Instructors or Assistant College Professors, making $6,032 or $1,019 less per year, respectively.

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Survey results show that Nursing Instructors typically report just a few professional skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Nursing Instructors, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $55K to $57K. Compensation is $60K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Nursing Instructors who have made it this far report earning around $61K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a quarter. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Philadelphia
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San Antonio
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National Average
$57,000
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For Nursing Instructors, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Nursing Instructors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+29 percent), San Antonio (+25 percent), Miami (+22 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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$57,000
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Clinical Education
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National Average
$57,000
Critical Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%