The post of chairperson will replace that of president from the beginning of next year under a shake-up of the council’s structure.
A report drawn up for the regulator by management consultants has recommended that the chairperson should receive a salary of £48,000.
Instead of a salary, former president Nancy Kirkland’s employer received a £20,000 reimbursement for time she took off to discharge her NMC duties.
Council members would receive a salary of £12,000 a year, instead of the current £260 per day spent on NMC business.
Under the new pay structure, which has yet to be approved, the predicted total wage bill for the NMC’s council would be £204,000 per year.
Gail Adams, Unison’s head of nursing, said: ‘Registration fees have gone up. They should not go to give NMC council members more money. I would be very concerned about that.’
The regulator has also appointed Graham Smith as interim chief executive.