Nursing Instructor Salary

Nursing Instructors in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $60K per year. Location and career length 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. Although the larger part have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,618 - $80,599
$45K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,020
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$23.97 - $50.71
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$51
MEDIAN: $35.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,618 - $80,599  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
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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$45,196 - $91,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$23.97 - $50.71  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $66.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$45,196 - $91,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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

  • Develop nursing curriculums, educate and lead lectures on patient care to new and experienced nurses.
  • Supervise clinical and laboratory based training and work.
  • Provide lessons, assign homework and administer tests.

Common Career Paths for Nursing Instructor


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Nursing Instructors who go on to become Family Nurse Practitioners may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Family Nurse Practitioners is $82K annually. Given that the median pay is $58K, it may be surprising to find that an Assistant Professor is the most common role for Nursing Instructors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Nurse Educator role — which pays $69K — is also typical for Nursing Instructors, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Instructor

Pay by Experience for a Nursing Instructor has a positive trend. An entry-level Nursing Instructor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 215 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nursing Instructor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Nursing Instructor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 148 salaries. A Nursing Instructor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 128 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,416

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Nursing Instructors in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Nursing Instructors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+25 percent), San Antonio (+20 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Cleveland and 2 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Nursing Instructor

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Nursing Instructor Salaries

Experienced
▲4%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$62,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Nursing Instructor Salaries

Critical Care
▲21%

medical surgical
▲17%

National Average
$62,000


Nursing
▼4%

Masters degree
▼5%

Clinical Supervision
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 32%
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