Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Occupational Health Nurses in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $67K per year, but may range from $49K to $83K per year. Total cash compensation to Occupational Health Nurses bottoms out near $49K and approaches $83K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A fair number get medical and dental insurance, and the greater part get vision plans, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,035 - $82,337
(Median)
$50K
$67K
$82K
MEDIAN: $67,136
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90%

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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 (?
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$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 (?
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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.20 - $39.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.87  
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
$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.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Health Nurse


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As Occupational Health Nurses make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Occupational Health Manager position pays around the same amount as the Occupational Health Nurse job 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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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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. Occupational Health Nurses bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Occupational Health Nurse Salaries


National Average
$66,000

Occupational Health
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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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