Occupational Nurse Salary

Occupational Nurses in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little over a half of Occupational Nurses. Salaries average out to around $58K annually and spread from $42K to $75K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Women make up the vast majority of Occupational Nurses (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,796 - $73,654
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,498
10%
50%
90%

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$19.96 - $39.59
(Median)
$20
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,796 - $73,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$42,484 - $74,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $39.59  
   
Overtime
$29.07 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$42,484 - $74,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Occupational Nurse

  • 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.
  • Monitor patient vital signs, assist with exams and treatment, and administer shots and blood draws.
  • Respond to emergencies deliver urgent treatment.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Nurse


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Many Occupational Nurses move into Occupational Health Manager roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $67K per year. A common career progression for an Occupational Nurse is to become an Occupational Health Nurse or a Nurse Case Manager. Compared to Occupational Nurses, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Occupational Nurses who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Occupational Health can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Nurse

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $50K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $57K. Occupational Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Occupational Nurses who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $47K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Nurse Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Occupational Nurse Salaries

Occupational Health
up arrow 25%

National Average
$58,000

Acute Care
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 25%