Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Just below three-fifths of Occupational Health Nurses in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $83K per year, but median earnings come to around $66K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Occupational Health Nurses can bottom out near $48K or peak near $83K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Health Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$49,866 - $82,070

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$20.82 - $39.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$49,866 - $82,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
Profit Sharing
$87.78 - $2,051  
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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$48,426 - $82,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$20.82 - $39.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
   
Profit Sharing
$87.78 - $2,051  
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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$48,426 - $82,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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. Occupational Health Nurses most often advance into Occupational Nurse and Nurse Case Manager positions even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $3K lower, 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. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Occupational Health.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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
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Entry-Level
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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
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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