Salaries Increase for Nursing Home Directors of Nursing (DON)

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The national average salary of Director of Nursing (DON) in Nursing Homes
increased 2.63% in 2013, according to the 2013-2014 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report, just
published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS). The percent increase represents
only those Nursing Homes that participated in both the 2012 and 2013 Reports. The percent increase for
DON salaries in 2012 was 1.09%.

Nationally, DON salaries reported by revenue size ranged from $68,176 to $100,291.

2,384 Nursing Homes participated in the study and provided compensation data on more than 224,670+
employees nationwide. The Report, published in cooperation with LeadingAge and supported by the
American Health Care Association (AHCA), covers 42 management and 45 nonmanagement positions.
Data are reported according to revenue size, bed-size, profit status, geographic region, state, and county.
1,881 for-profit and 503 not-for-profit nursing homes provided data. Also covered are 18 fringe benefits,
turnover rates by department, and projected salary increases for 2012 to 2013. Data are effective as of
March 2013.
The complete 330+ page Report is available for $325 from HCS. The price for LeadingAge and AHCA
members is $250.
Since 1971, HCS has served the healthcare industry by conducting and publishing an array of
comprehensive, reliable compensation reports. HCS currently publishes 11 different Reports on an
annual basis. In addition, the firm conducts custom marketplace studies to support its clients. For a
complete listing of all products and services, please visit our website at

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