School Nurse Salary (United States)

Just over a 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 $24,580 to $62,510 per year, and the average number comes out to $41,815 per year. While some workers in this profession—around one third—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
School Nurse Salary (?
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$23,351 - $60,985
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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School Nurses usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Family Nurse Practitioner may bring in a lot more money—an additional $37K annually.

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Popular Skills for School Nurse

Survey results show that School Nurses use a fair number of skills. Case Management and Emergency Room (ER) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 6 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Acute Care. Employees educated in Acute Care are typically practiced in Pediatrics, too.

Pay by Experience Level for School Nurse

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $41K, which grows only modestly to $41K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $41K. Pay continues to grow for School Nurses after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $48K. School Nurses with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

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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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Extremely satisfied
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%
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