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Occupational Health Nurse Salary

The majority of Occupational Health Nurses in the United States — approximately three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $83K per year, and the median is $66K annually. Overall cash earnings for Occupational Health Nurses stretch from $48K on the lower end to $83K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. For the most part, Occupational Health Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority have medical and dental plans, and the larger part have vision insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,839 - $81,779
(Median)
$50K
$66K
$82K
MEDIAN: $66,385
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50%
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$20.61 - $39.13
(Median)
$21
$30
$39
MEDIAN: $30
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$49,839 - $81,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
Profit Sharing
$88.40 - $2,740  
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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$48,497 - $82,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $39.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$88.40 - $2,740  
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).
)
$48,497 - $82,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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Job Description for Occupational Health Nurse

Many professions carry a certain level of risk to the health or safety of employees. Because of legal requirements and to ensure optimal productivity, employers must take steps to minimize risk to employees and have a system to assist employees in case of an incident. Occupational health nurses are registered nurses that help maintain the health and safety of their organization's workforce through several main methods. They monitor the health status of employee (both generally and related to specific job-related risks) and assist the employee in the event of an accident or illness. They also take a proactive and preventive approach to health and safety by developing preventative programs to educate employees on health and safety risks and inform them of relevant services.

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Occupational Health Nurse Tasks

  • Provide patient care and health assessment for monitoring and emergency situations.
  • Participate in regulatory and organizational audits and health and safety committees.
  • Evaluate, assess, and develop care plans for work-related health events.
  • Evaluate claims and process paperwork around modified or reduced duties.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Health Nurse


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As Occupational Health Nurses transition into upper-level roles like Occupational Health Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Occupational Health Managers earn the same amount as Occupational Health Nurses on average. Many Occupational Health Nurses choose to become Occupational Nurses and Nurse Case Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $10K less and $4K less, respectively.

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Occupational Health Nurses usually report a few specific skills. Case Management and Occupational Health are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Case Management and Occupational Health are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health Nurse

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


For Occupational Health Nurses, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $61K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $64K. Occupational Health Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $69K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


Occupational Health
0%

National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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