$88,287
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,828

Profit Sharing

$1,981
Just under two-thirds of Nursing Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $61K to $137K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. In the world of Nursing Directors, overall income ranges from $61K near the bottom to $137K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic 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. The vast majority of Nursing Directors (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,196 - $131,573
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$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,287
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$27.65 - $57.70
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$0$133K
Salary $62,196 - $131,573
Bonus $0.00 - $14,755
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,255
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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$61,834 - $133,478
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,299
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $27.65 - $57.70
Overtime $25.17 - $64.56
Annual Data $0$133K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,755
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,255
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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$61,834 - $133,478
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 386

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

  • 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.

Nursing Director Pay By Employer

$0$210K

HCA, Inc.
16 profiles
$93,574

$76,826

$161,000

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

National Average: $87,871

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 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.

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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 383 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 383 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: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 20%