Nursing Instructor Salary

Most Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $58K annually. Compensation ranges from $41K on the lower end to $83K per year on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nursing Instructors. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,387 - $78,092
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$78K
MEDIAN: $58,312
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$19.86 - $45.37
(Median)
$20
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,387 - $78,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
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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$40,843 - $82,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.86 - $45.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$40,843 - $82,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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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.

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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 $80K per year. Nursing Instructors most frequently advance into Postsecondary Nursing Instructor and Assistant Professor roles even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Nursing Instructors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Masters degree, Clinical Education, and Critical Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Critical Care. Those with knowledge of Clinical Education tend to be skilled in Masters degree as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

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


For Nursing Instructors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Nursing Instructors bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Nursing Instructor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Masters degree
up arrow 4%

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

Critical Care
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%
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