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Nursing Instructor Salary

Nursing Instructors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $58K per year for pay. Earnings sit near $41K on the lower side but can approach $82K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Nursing Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,045 - $78,172
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,912
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90%

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$19.82 - $43.66
(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
$40,045 - $78,172  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$40,551 - $81,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.82 - $43.66  
   
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 - $2,043  
   
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).
)
$40,551 - $81,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Family Nurse Practitioner. The latter position pays an average of $80K annually. Nursing Instructors most often advance into Postsecondary Nursing Instructor and Assistant Professor positions even though the median salaries are $7K 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $56K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Nursing Instructors see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $62K.

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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 5%

Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

Critical Care
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 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: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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