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Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Occupational Health Nurses in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $66K per year on average but can range from $48K to $82K per year. Cash earnings for Occupational Health Nurses — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $82K. A fair number get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Health Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$49,392 - $81,607
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MEDIAN: $66,151
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$20.88 - $38.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$49,392 - $81,607  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,076  
Profit Sharing
$89.00 - $2,400  
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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$47,926 - $82,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.88 - $38.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$89.00 - $2,400  
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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$47,926 - $82,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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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Many Occupational Health Nurses move into an Occupational Health Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Occupational Health Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Occupational Health Nurses. Occupational Health Nurses most frequently become Occupational Nurses and Nurse Case Managers even though median compensation is $9K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Occupational Health Nurse Job Listings

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Occupational Health Nurses who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Case Management and Occupational Health are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Occupational Health as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health Nurse

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


Occupational Health Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $60K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Occupational Health Nurses bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Occupational Health Nurses who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
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National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


Occupational Health
0%

National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%