The larger portion of Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $60K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $60,392
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$45,009 - $80,717  
   
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$0.00 - $10,033  
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$45,273 - $89,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$22.37 - $49.90  
   
Overtime
$31.32 - $66.54  
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$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Total Pay (?
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$45,273 - $89,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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

  • Develop nursing curriculums, educate and lead lectures on patient care to new and experienced nurses.
  • Supervise clinical and laboratory based training and work.
  • Provide lessons, assign homework and administer tests.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Instructor


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As Nursing Instructors transition into upper-level roles such as Family Nurse Practitioner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Family Nurse Practitioners earn $82K on average per year. A Nurse Educator role is the most common promotion for Nursing Instructors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $68K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Nursing Instructors is a Postsecondary Nursing Instructor position, where earnings are usually $52K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

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


For Nursing Instructors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $59K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $65K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 22%

National Average
$62,000

Clinical Education
up arrow 1%

Nursing
up arrow 4%

Masters degree
up arrow 5%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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