School Nurse Salary

School Nurses who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly one-half of School Nurses. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $63K per year, but expected earnings average $40K annually. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Most School Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,141 - $61,266
(Median)
$23K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,146
10%
50%
90%

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$14.02 - $30.89
(Median)
$14
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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$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 (?
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$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).
)
$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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School Nurses often transition into Family Nurse Practitioner positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Family Nurse Practitioners earn $80K per year.

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Survey results imply that School Nurses put a diverse skill set 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $41K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Nurses make a median salary of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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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