Average Nursing Director Salary

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The average salary for a Nursing Director is $89,393.
MEDIAN $89,393
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$64k - $129k
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$125 - $10k
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$63k - $131k

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Job Description for Nursing Director

Nursing Director Tasks
  • Coordinates all patient services.
  • Retain quality personnel through hiring, training and evaluation programs.
  • Develop and implement standards of care relevant to patient services and personnel.
  • Supervise all personnel who deliver direct patient services.
The top respondents for the job title Nursing Director are from the companies HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente and Life Care Centers of America. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $165,378. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Genesis HealthCare and Signature Healthcare, LLC, earning around $104,000 and $95,000, respectively. Correct Care Solutions, Inc. pays the lowest at around $77,487. Diversicare and Life Care Centers of America also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $81,472 and $84,500, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Nursing Director. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Nursing Director
Director, Nursing
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Registered Nurse (RN)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Nursing Director

Skills in Acute Care, Quality Improvement / QA and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geriatrics and Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nursing Director

An entry-level Nursing Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,024 based on 225 salaries. An early career Nursing Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,215 based on 731 salaries. A mid-career Nursing Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,853 based on 771 salaries. An experienced Nursing Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,497 based on 996 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $98,047.
Employees with Nursing Director in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 48.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (39.9% more) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (29.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (13.7% less).

Years of Experience

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