Flight Nurse Salary

The average Flight Nurse in the United States earns approximately $28.78 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $23.87 per hour and $39.30. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,087 - $86,699

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$23.87 - $39.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,087 - $86,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$50,725 - $86,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$23.87 - $39.30  
   
Overtime
$25.25 - $65.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$50,725 - $86,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Flight Nurse, Trauma and Critical Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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 Flight Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $59K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $77K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Flight Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Flight Nurse Salaries

Flight Nurse, Trauma
up arrow 9%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 2%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%
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