Wound Care Nurse Salary

The larger portion of Wound Care Nurses in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $27.86 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most Wound Care Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,254 - $90,604
$46K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,646
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$19.91 - $38.25
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$38
MEDIAN: $27.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,254 - $90,604  
   
Bonus
$1,100  
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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$42,769 - $83,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.91 - $38.25  
   
Overtime
$28.42 - $54.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,100  
   
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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$42,769 - $83,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 444

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Job Description for Wound Care Nurse

Wound care nurses work in hospitals and other medical facilities, or for an agency to treat patients at home, and must be licensed and meet all education requirements. They must ensure that the rooms in which they treat patients and all instruments and materials are clean and organized, and must demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate care for all patients. They must also document progress in their patients' medical records and report all concerns to their supervisor or their patients' doctors. Physicians must be informed immediately if there are changes to patients' skin conditions or a wound does not seem to heal or becomes worse.

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Wound Care Nurse Tasks

  • Examine patients and wounds, obtaining health history and ordering testing if merited.
  • Apply and remove dressings, clean wounds and interpret test results.
  • Document patient interactions, discharge summaries, orders and other data.
  • Develop and explain treatment plans, including medications and discharge plans.

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Popular Skills for Wound Care Nurse


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Ostomy, ostomy care, WCC, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care. Many workers who know Ostomy also know Wound Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Wound Care Nurse

Pay by Experience for a Wound Care Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level Wound Care Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Wound Care Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 162 salaries. An experienced Wound Care Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 118 salaries. A Wound Care Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 60 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,274

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Wound Care Nurses will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Wound Care Nurses will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+14 percent), Richmond (+10 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Birmingham is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Kansas City and 10 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Wound Care Nurse

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Wound Care Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
▲7%

Experienced
▲5%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Wound Care Nurse Salaries

Ostomy
▲10%

ostomy care
▲9%

WCC
▼0%

National Average
$60,000

▼1%

Hyperbaric Therapy
▼2%

Long Term Care
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 27%
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