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Salary of a Director of Quality Management

by Rick Suttle

The director of quality management position is usually associated with hospitals, health-care systems and companies that provide insurance. These professionals are responsible for setting quality standards for all medical services, including treatments, safety, infection control and patient education. They also ensure that their institutions or companies are in compliance with government regulations, oversee all medical staff functions and document policies and procedures. If you want to become a director of quality control, you'll need a background in nursing or business, depending on your employer. Expect an annual salary of more than $80,000.

Salary and Qualifications

While some directors of quality management earn more than $100,000 per year, the average annual salary was $82,000 as of 2013, according to the job website Indeed.com. Educational requirements vary by employer. If you work for a hospital, you'll probably need a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing -- and be a registered nurse. Those who work for major insurance companies usually have bachelor's or master's degrees in business or hospital administration. Other key qualifications include leadership, supervisory, organizational and communication skills.

State or District Salaries

Average annual salaries for directors of quality management vary significantly by location. They earn an average income of $97,000 per year in New York, according to Indeed. You would also earn an annual salary above the industry average in the District of Columbia, California or Connecticut at $94,000, $91,000 or $90,000, respectively. In Florida, you would make about $79,000 annually. Directors of quality management earned slightly less in Texas and Pennsylvania -- $79,000 and $73,000, respectively.

Contributing Factors

Most directors of quality management earn higher salaries as they gain experience; they can receive annual increases that can add thousands of dollars to their incomes. Larger hospitals and health-care networks also tend to pay more to attract the most qualified applicants -- and because they have the budgets to support the higher salaries. Your income will also tend to be higher if you work on the east or west coast, as your employer will factor higher housing and living costs into your salary.

Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not report job opportunities for directors of quality management. It does, however, report job trends for medical and health services managers, similar positions which are expected to increase by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020. This above-average growth rate will primarily be driven by the increased demand for medical services by aging baby boomers. This generation is comprised of the more than 78 million Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964, according to "U.S. News & World Report."

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