Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Occupational Health Nurses in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Occupational Health Nurses. Salaries average out to around $68K per year and spread from $49K to $86K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Occupational Health Nurses (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. 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. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$49,978 - $85,423
$50K
$68K
$85K
MEDIAN: $68,437
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50%
90%

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$22.69 - $40.29
$23
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $30.98
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,978 - $85,423  
   
Bonus
$1,250 - $9,887  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$48,817 - $86,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.69 - $40.29  
   
Overtime
$37.05 - $56.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,250 - $9,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$48,817 - $86,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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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Occupational Health Nurses sometimes move into a Occupational Health Manager role, where the salary is similar. 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: $67,635

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

For Occupational Health Nurses, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Occupational Health Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Beaumont (+5 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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Key Stats for Occupational Health Nurse

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

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▲4%

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National Average
$68,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


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National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 16%