Nursing Home Administrator Salaries Up 3% in 2013

Salaries for nursing home administrators rose by more than 3% between 2012 and 2013—the most of any salaried position recorded among skilled nursing facilities that also participated in last year’s survey, according to a recent report.

Nursing home administrators make an average $96,625 in 2013, up 3.43% from last year, says the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service’s 2013-2014 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report. 

Among the salaried positions in facilities that also participated in HCS’s report in 2012, all saw modest salary increases in 2013. 


Executive directors topped the salary list, up 1.62% to $149,099. Chief financial officers saw salaries increase 2.85% to $115,687.

On the hourly side, dietary aides recorded the largest year-over-year increases among same participating facilities, up 2.65% to $9.85 an hour—the lowest wage among hourly positions tracked by HCS.

Despite across-the-board salary increases, most nursing home salaries remain below those of comparable positions at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). 


Executive directors of nursing homes, for example, average $124,197 a year compared to the $138,002 averaged by CCRC executive directors. Associate directors at CCRCs out-earn their nursing home counterparts by more than $27,000,  on average.

Director of staff development, director of therapy/rehabilitation, scheduling coordinator and marketing representatives and coordinators are the five positions that have higher average salaries at nursing homes compared to CCRCs. 

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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