Assisted living DONs receive pay bump in 2008, CNA turnover rates hold steady

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Directors of nursing at assisted living facilities saw a slight pay increase in the last year. Their national average salaries rose to $60,000 in 2008 from $59,627 in 2007, according to the eleventh annual 2008-2009 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report.

RNs and CNAs in assisted living fared better, receiving a 3.34% and 3.17% pay raise, respectively. Meanwhile, the turnover rate among assisted living RNs fell from 42.33% last year to 35.5% this year, though the turnover rate for CNAs held steady at just more than 42%.

The annual salary and benefits report, which was published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) in cooperation with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, tracks compensation for 16 management and 24 non-management positions in all types of Assisted Living facilities across the country.