Most Occupational Nurses in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $30.08 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,667 - $79,589
$48K
$61K
$80K
MEDIAN: $60,503
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50%
90%

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$19.44 - $40.00
$19
$30
$40
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,667 - $79,589  
   
Bonus
$7,665  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$41,526 - $85,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.44 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$30.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$7,665  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$41,526 - $85,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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Job Description for Occupational Nurse

Occupational nurses work primarily in the health care industry, though many large companies also employ these nurses in their human resources (HR) departments. These nurses are tasked with treating, and sometimes investigating, a variety of workplace-related injuries and illnesses, and they must also work to identify potential safety problems or hazards in the workplace.

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Occupational Nurse Tasks

  • Monitor patient vital signs, assist with exams and treatment, and administer shots and blood draws.
  • Respond to emergencies deliver urgent treatment.
  • Participate in filing, copying, scheduling, and other administrative and paperwork tasks.
  • Interview patients about health history and reason for visit, entering data into medical record.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Nurse


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For Occupational Nurses, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Occupational Nurses earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Occupational Health Manager.

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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Occupational Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $61K.

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Key Stats for Occupational Nurse

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Occupational Nurse Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$62,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Occupational Nurse Salaries

Occupational Health
up arrow 5%

National Average
$62,000

Acute Care
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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