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School Nurse Salary (United States)

School Nurses in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $40K per year, but may range from $25K to $63K per year. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for School Nurses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
School Nurse Salary (?
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$23,351 - $60,985
(Median)
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31K
40K
51K
61K
MEDIAN: $40,020
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School Nurse Salary (?
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$14.16 - $31.06
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,351 - $60,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
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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$24,580 - $62,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $31.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
   
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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$24,580 - $62,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for School Nurses. Many move into a Family Nurse Practitioner role where pay averages at $78K per year.

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Popular Skills for School Nurse

Survey takers who work as School Nurses report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Case Management, Emergency Room , Pediatrics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Acute Care. Experience with Acute Care is often linked with knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for School Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
During the first five years of their careers, School Nurses see a median income of $41K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Nurses make a median salary of $41K. School Nurses who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K. The majority of School Nurses have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects School Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$42,000
Experienced
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 1%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect School Nurse Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 13%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 6%
National Average
$42,000
Pediatrics
up arrow 2%
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%
Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%