Nursing Instructor Salary

Most Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $58K annually. Pay ranges from $41K on the low end to $83K per year on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Nursing Instructors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, about one in four claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,322 - $78,090
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$78K
MEDIAN: $58,324
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$19.83 - $45.10
(Median)
$20
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,322 - $78,090  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
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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$40,772 - $82,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.83 - $45.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.14  
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 - $2,023  
   
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).
)
$40,772 - $82,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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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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At the upper end, Nursing Instructors who move into a Family Nurse Practitioner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Family Nurse Practitioners is a much higher $80K per year. Many Nursing Instructors go on to become Postsecondary Nursing Instructors or Assistant Professors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $8K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Nursing Instructors are few in number. Clinical Education and Critical Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $56K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $59K. On average, Nursing Instructors make $61K following one to two decades on the job. As Nursing Instructors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

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 109 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
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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