Nursing Instructor Salary (United States)

Most Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $57,294 annually;. Pay starts at $39,813 and can approach $81,492 per year on the higher side. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While 24 percent report receiving no health benefits, 72 percent do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,080 - $77,695  
   
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$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  
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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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$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Total Pay (?
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$39,813 - $81,492  
PayScale
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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As Nursing Instructors transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Family Nurse Practitioner may earn an extra $21K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. More commonly, Nursing Instructors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Postsecondary Nursing Instructors or Assistant College Professors, making $6,032 or $1,019 less per year, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting at around $55K, salaries see a boost to $57K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $60K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Nursing Instructors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $61K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 24 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Philadelphia
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$57,000
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Nursing Instructors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. 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.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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$57,000
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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%
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