School Nurse Salary

Close to one-half of School Nurses in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $24K to $63K per year, and the average comes out to $40K per year. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Most School Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,141 - $61,266

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$14.02 - $30.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,141 - $61,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
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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$24,395 - $62,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $30.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
   
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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$24,395 - $62,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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Job Description for School Nurse

  • Work with students and families on preventative and ongoing care for chronic conditions.
  • Respond to health emergencies, performing CPR or other immediate care.
  • Update and maintain student records and inventory.
  • Interact with students to identify problems and interventions.
  • Communicate with families, the government and school administration.

Common Career Paths for School Nurse


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Advancing into a Family Nurse Practitioner role seems to be a popular career move for School Nurses, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $80K per year.

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Survey results suggest that School Nurses put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Case Management, Emergency Room, Pediatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Acute Care and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for School Nurse

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


School Nurses do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $42K. School Nurses bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. As School Nurses reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $47K.

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Experience Affects School Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect School Nurse Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 12%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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