School Nurse Salary

School Nurses in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $20.85 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for School Nurse

School nurses are responsible for addressing students' health problems, and the position has also grown to include educating students about health risks and designing programs to address these concerns head-on.

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School Nurse Tasks

  • Interact with students to identify problems and interventions.
  • Communicate with families, the government and school administration.
  • Update and maintain student records and inventory.
  • Work with students and families on preventative and ongoing care for chronic conditions.
  • Respond to health emergencies, performing CPR or other immediate care.

Common Career Paths for School Nurse


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School Nurses who move on to become Family Nurse Practitioners may enjoy significant pay raises, as Family Nurse Practitioners get paid an average of $82K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Nurse

Pay by Experience for a School Nurse has a positive trend. An entry-level School Nurse with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Nurse with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 116 salaries. An experienced School Nurse which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 8 salaries. A School Nurse with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 89 salaries.

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Key Stats for School Nurse

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects School Nurse Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲5%

Entry-Level
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Skills That Affect School Nurse Salaries

Case Management
▲9%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲3%

National Average
$43,000

▼4%

Medicine / Surgery
▼5%

Acute Care
▼7%

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental:
vision benefits
Vision:
no benefits
None: 50%