Nursing Instructor Salary

Most Nursing Instructors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $58K per year. Compensation ranges from $41K on the lower end to $82K per year on the higher end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,458 - $77,991

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$19.80 - $44.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,458 - $77,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
Total Pay (?
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$40,883 - $82,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.80 - $44.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$40,883 - $82,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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 such as Family Nurse Practitioner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Family Nurse Practitioners earn $80K on average 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 $8K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Nursing Instructors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Masters degree, Clinical Education, and Critical Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Critical Care. Those with knowledge of Clinical Education tend to be skilled in Masters degree as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Nursing Instructors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $59K. Nursing Instructors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Masters degree
up arrow 4%

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 102 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
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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