Occupational Health Nurse Salary

The majority of Occupational Health Nurses in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $87K per year, and the median is $69K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Occupational Health Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,671 - $85,558
$51K
$69K
$86K
MEDIAN: $69,019
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50%
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$22.77 - $40.48
$23
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $31.00
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$0$86K
Salary $50,671 - $85,558
Bonus $1,500 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$49,125 - $86,738
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 184
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $22.77 - $40.48
Overtime $30.00 - $58.27
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $1,500 - $10,000
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$49,125 - $86,738
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 170

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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

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

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 go on to become Occupational Nurses or Nurse Case Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $11K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health Nurse

Pay by Experience for an Occupational Health Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Occupational Health Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Occupational Health Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Occupational Health Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 112 salaries. An Occupational Health Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 101 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,963

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Occupational Health Nurses in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Occupational Health Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Beaumont (+5 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Occupational Health Nurse Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Occupational Health Nurse?

Occupational Health Nurse in Raleigh:
"Rewarding, creative, low stress level and autonomous."
Pros: The autonomy.
Cons: Nothing.

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Key Stats for Occupational Health Nurse

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

▲3%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$68,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


National Average
$68,000

Occupational Health
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%
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