Wound Care Nurse Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Wound Care Nurses in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $27.72 per hour. Compensation ranges from $19.70 per hour on the lower end to $37.52 on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Some workers in this field — nearly one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Wound Care Nurses. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,633 - $86,967
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$87K
MEDIAN: $65,662
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$19.70 - $37.52
(Median)
$20
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,633 - $86,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$42,021 - $80,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.70 - $37.52  
   
Overtime
$24.83 - $51.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$42,021 - $80,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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

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

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Wound Care Nurses note just a narrow range of job skills. Wound Care and Long Term Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Long Term Care as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Wound Care Nurse

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


Wound Care Nurses with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $65K. For Wound Care Nurses, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $65K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Wound Care Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $67K.

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Experience Affects Wound Care Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Wound Care Nurse Salaries

Wound Care
0%

National Average
$61,000

Long Term Care
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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