Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Occupational Health Nurses in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $67K annually on average but can range from $48K to $83K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Occupational Health Nurses spread between $48K and $83K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority get medical and dental insurance, and the greater part get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Health Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,721 - $82,108
(Median)
$50K
$67K
$82K
MEDIAN: $66,557
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$20.77 - $39.18
(Median)
$21
$30
$39
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$49,721 - $82,108  
   
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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$48,239 - $82,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$20.77 - $39.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$48,239 - $82,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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

  • 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 frequently become Occupational Nurses and Nurse Case Managers even though median compensation is $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Occupational Health Nurses are few in number. Case Management and Occupational Health are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Occupational Health Nurses see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $69K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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