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Nursing Instructor Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Nursing Instructors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $56K per year on average. Compensation ranges between $40K and $81K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair portion have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$39,080 - $77,695
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MEDIAN: $55,684
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Nursing Instructor Salary (?
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$19.98 - $43.12
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,080 - $77,695  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$39,813 - $81,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$19.98 - $43.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.79  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$39,813 - $81,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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 who transition into an upper level Family Nurse Practitioner role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $78K per year. Many Nursing Instructors choose to become Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Assistant Professors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $6K less and $1K less, respectively.

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Nursing Instructors note just a narrow range of job skills. 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nursing Instructors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $55K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Nursing Instructors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a little more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly more than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in four.

Pay Difference By Location

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Philadelphia
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National Average
$57,000
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For those looking to make money, Nursing Instructors in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Philadelphia, San Antonio, Miami, and Houston, top-paying cities where Nursing Instructors see paychecks higher than average (+29 percent, +25 percent, +22 percent, and +16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte.

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
$57,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Clinical Education
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National Average
$57,000
Critical Care
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%