Flight Nurse Salary

Average Flight Nurses in the United States make around $29.03 per hour. Pay ranges from $24.22 per hour on the low end to $39.88 on the high end. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Flight Nurses are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$48,440 - $98,760
(Median)
$48K
$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,938
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$24.22 - $39.88
(Median)
$24
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,440 - $98,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,347 - $92,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$24.22 - $39.88  
   
Overtime
$25.08 - $66.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,347 - $92,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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Job Description for Flight Nurse

A flight nurse helps transport sick or injured patients from place to place. There are a variety of certifications that are necessary to be an air nurse. The nurse must be a registered nurse where the company is based. Some of these certifications are ACLS, BLS, PALS, and advanced trauma. Years of experience with critical care is often required. Some companies will prefer the nurse to be a certified flight registered nurse, while others will allow the nurse to obtain this certification after being hired. The flight nurse should have graduated from an accredited school of nursing.

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Flight Nurse Tasks

  • Track and document patients' condition and respond as needed.
  • Acquire and operate specialized equipment that may be required for patient transport.
  • Provide for patient care before and during transportation while maintaining all flight crew safety policies.
  • Supervise and coordinate assistants for care as needed.

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Popular Skills for Flight Nurse


Flight Nurses only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Flight Nurse, Trauma, Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, and Flight Nursing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Flight Nursing. Most people who know Critical Care also know Flight Nurse, Trauma.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Flight Nurses, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During the first five years of their careers, Flight Nurses see a median income of $60K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Flight Nurses with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $84K.

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Experience Affects Flight Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Flight Nurse Salaries

Flight Nurse, Trauma
up arrow 14%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

Flight Nursing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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