Flight Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $29.51 per hour. Women Flight Nurses who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Flight Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,671 - $99,747
(Median)
$49K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,379
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$24.33 - $39.88
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$24
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$48,671 - $99,747  
   
Bonus
$1,965  
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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$50,363 - $96,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$24.33 - $39.88  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $63.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,965  
   
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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$50,363 - $96,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Flight Nurses who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Flight Nurse, Trauma, Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, and Flight Nursing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Flight Nursing. The majority of those 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $62K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $64K. Flight Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $90K.

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Experience Affects Flight Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Flight Nurse Salaries

Flight Nurse, Trauma
up arrow 10%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 2%

National Average
$66,000

Flight Nursing
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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