Occupational Health Nurse Salary
With slightly less than three-fifths of Occupational Health Nurses in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Occupational Health Nurses is $68K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $87K per year near the higher end. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (85 percent) of Occupational Health Nurses who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
To become an occupational health nurse, it is first necessary to obtain registered nurse (RN) certification and at least a bachelor's degree in nursing. A master's degree is often a part of occupational health nurse training, and there is further post-education certification available as well. Some employers may require at least two to five years of experience as a registered nurse. Occupational heath nurses must be creative, proactive individuals with the desire to help fellow employees, and they need to have the communications skills necessary to educate employees and provide them with useful information.
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
Occupational Health Nurses may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Occupational Health Manager. Occupational Health Managers on average make about as much as Occupational Health Nurses do. Occupational Health Nurses most often move into positions as Occupational Nurses or Nurse Case Managers. Occupational Nurses actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Nurse Case Managers earn $4K less per year than Occupational Health Nurses do.
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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health Nurse
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. On average, Occupational Health Nurses make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $70K on average.