Nursing Instructor Salary

Nursing Instructors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $59K annually for pay. Earnings sit near $42K on the lower side but can approach $84K per year on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. For the most part, Nursing Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,907 - $78,908
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,687
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$20.19 - $46.92
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$47
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,907 - $78,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
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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$41,559 - $84,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.19 - $46.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
   
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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$41,559 - $84,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Family Nurse Practitioner, where median compensation is $81K annually. 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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Nursing Instructors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Masters degree, Clinical Education, Clinical Supervision, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Critical Care and Clinical Supervision. Aptitude in Clinical Education tends to also indicate an understanding of Masters degree.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nursing Instructors make a median salary of $61K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $64K.

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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries


Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Masters degree
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Clinical Education
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National Average
$60,000

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 12%

Critical Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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