$88,477
Avg. Salary
$38.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,937

Profit Sharing

$2,023

The average pay for a Nursing Director is $38.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Nursing Director is $88,477 per year.

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$27.76 - $56.67
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$0$131K
Salary $62,854 - $130,144
Bonus $0.00 - $14,841
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,744
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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$62,250 - $131,999
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,457
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $27.76 - $56.67
Overtime $27.32 - $65.44
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,841
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,744
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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$62,250 - $131,999
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 407

Job Description for Nursing Director

Nursing directors oversee all nursing activities within a health care institution. They direct, plan, and evaluate programs and overall care, as well as ensure the goals and overall philosophy of the department are followed. Nursing directors oversee staff, providing guidance and discipline as necessary; these directors often play a role in the hiring process for nurses as well. They help develop and finalize budgets, and they then must handle cost control and ensure their department remains within that budget. Additionally, nursing directors oversee their department's communication with physicians and other health care professionals in areas such as patient needs. Nursing directors consult with upper-level managers on high-level administrative decisions and provide information to supervisors related to the nursing staff's workload and budget.

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Nursing Director Tasks

  • Develop and implement standards of care relevant to patient services and personnel.
  • Supervise all personnel who deliver direct patient services.
  • Coordinates all patient services.
  • Retain quality personnel through hiring, training and evaluation programs.

Nursing Director Pay By Employer

$0$203K

HCA, Inc.
15 profiles
$93,603

$76,826

$165,378

Common Career Paths for Nursing Director


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For Nursing Directors, progressing to a VP or Chief Nursing Officer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP or Chief Nursing Officer can earn $164K annually. Going from Nursing Director to Chief Nursing Officer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $120K. Many others choose to work as Nursing Home Directors, where pay is typically $72K.

Nursing Director Job Listings

Popular Skills for Nursing Director


Nursing Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Room (ER), and Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Elder Care, Geriatrics, and Home Health/Home Care. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Director

Pay by Experience for a Nursing Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Nursing Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 250 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nursing Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 233 salaries. An experienced Nursing Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 336 salaries. A Nursing Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 310 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

26%

19%

National Average: $87,964

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

Home to some of the best pay for Nursing Directors, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 58 percent above the national average. Nursing Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+39 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), Honolulu (+35 percent), and Houston (+24 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Toledo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Columbus (5 percent lower).

Nursing Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Nursing Director?

Nursing Director in Alamosa:
"Great community."
Pros: Native. Friendly people. Ability to help others.
Cons: Barriers to professional growth.

Nursing Director in Port St. Lucie:
"Enjoy."
Pros: The ladies in the office, very nice. Census small easier to learn the position.
Cons: Commute, census can effect my salary potential.

Nursing Director in Las Cruces:
"Better Communication and Collaboration among Leadership."
I wish I knew what is considered when company hires into leadership roles. This company does not have a career ladder where advance in education is not compensated. It is stressful in the way that leadership mentions that we have autonomy to run clinic in a productive way, but leadership still dictates how we should staff without considering personal factors which affect retention of nursing staff. I am a hard worker, am compassionate about nursing and about the nursing staff I supervise. I try to better the staff by including them and encourage them to run clinic in an effective and easy for everyone. I encourage teamwork as it is how things get done well. Exceling in this job would be to have Administration/Leadership allow for advancement by taking in ideas and allowing us to implement them at the forefront. As a Nursing Director, I am expected to work the floor, supervise the patient flow, and at the same time, meet Administration's expectations on doing administrative work.

Nursing Director in Ketchikan:
"Politics."
Watch out for institutional politics.

Nursing Director in Indianapolis:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: Training, empowering, and delegating.
Cons: Work life balance.

Nursing Director in Spring Lake:
"Supervising and Managing the Residents & Staff in AL."
Pros: Contact with residents, leadership, flexability.
Cons: Ineffective coworkers.

Nursing Director in Las Cruces:
This job entails being a leader not a manager. You are more than a director you do data entry work, payroll, education and much more. The stress level is high because you are middle management. You must keep your team happy as well as your supervisor.

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Key Stats for Nursing Director

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 430 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Experience Affects Nursing Director Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

National Average
$88,000

▼2%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Nursing Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 430 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 20%