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.

$50,410 - $86,428
(Median)
$50K
$68K
$86K
MEDIAN: $68,482
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90%

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$22.34 - $40.96
(Median)
$22
$31
$41
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,410 - $86,428  
   
Bonus
$966 - $9,839  
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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$49,009 - $86,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.34 - $40.96  
   
Overtime
$27.38 - $56.27  
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
$966 - $9,839  
   
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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$49,009 - $86,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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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 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.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$68,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$68,000

Occupational Health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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