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Nursing Instructor Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $56K annually. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $82K per year on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nursing Instructors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$39,168 - $78,048
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MEDIAN: $56,447
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Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$19.99 - $44.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,168 - $78,048  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
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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$39,886 - $81,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $44.14  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.94  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $2,492  
   
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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$39,886 - $81,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Nursing Instructors who advance to upper-end positions like Family Nurse Practitioner. Median pay for Family Nurse Practitioners is $79K per year. Nursing Instructors most frequently advance into Postsecondary Nursing Instructor and Assistant Professor roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Nursing Instructors usually report a few specific 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.
Nursing Instructors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $61K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$58,000
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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Nursing Instructors, 35 percent higher than the national average. Nursing Instructors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Miami (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (6 percent lower) and Columbus (1 percent lower).

Nursing Instructor Advice

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$58,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Clinical Education
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National Average
$58,000
Critical Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%