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Nursing Instructor Salary

The larger portion of Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $57K per year. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $82K per year on the higher side. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Nursing Instructors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,775 - $78,074
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,142
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$19.81 - $43.69
(Median)
$20
$29
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,775 - $78,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
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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$40,344 - $81,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.81 - $43.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.29  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
   
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).
)
$40,344 - $81,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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 for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The average Family Nurse Practitioner brings home $79K per year. Nursing Instructors most often move into positions as Postsecondary Nursing Instructors or Assistant Professors. Postsecondary Nursing Instructors actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Assistant Professors earn $2K less per year than Nursing Instructors do.

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Nursing Instructors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Clinical Education and Critical Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. Nursing Instructors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$58,000

Critical Care
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%