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 in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $83K per year and averages out to $67K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Occupational Health Nurses can bottom out near $49K or peak near $83K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Occupational Health Nurses is high. A fair number have medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,035 - $82,337
(Median)
$50K
$67K
$82K
MEDIAN: $67,136
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$21.20 - $39.65
(Median)
$21
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$50,035 - $82,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,864  
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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$48,803 - $83,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.20 - $39.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,864  
   
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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$48,803 - $83,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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.

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Occupational Health Nurses' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Occupational Health Manager. On average, Occupational Health Managers get paid about the same as Occupational Health Nurses do. 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 $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Occupational Health Nurses only report a few specific skills. 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.


Occupational Health Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $65K. Occupational Health Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. 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 $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


National Average
$66,000

Occupational Health
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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