School Nurse Salary

School Nurses in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $25K to $61K per year, median earnings come to $39K annually. The majority of School Nurses claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,815 - $60,655
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,035
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50%
90%

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$12.41 - $30.70
(Median)
$12
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,815 - $60,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$24,501 - $61,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $30.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$24,501 - $61,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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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Many School Nurses move into a Family Nurse Practitioner role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $81K per year.

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School Nurses generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Case Management, Emergency Room, Pediatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for School Nurse

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Nurses make a median salary of $40K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $47K.

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Experience Affects School Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Skills That Affect School Nurse Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 16%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 10%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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