Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for all registered nurse, which includes school nurses, in the United States was $73,300 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,080 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $111,220 per year. Specifically, nurses in educational services (state, local and private) earn a median salary of $63,690.
Autonomy and Flexibility
To begin with, school nurses will work in a clinical setting. In this setting, they may have to closely follow the instructions of more senior healthcare professionals, meaning autonomy is lower. However, as a school nurse, they are likely to be the one of the only nurses in that setting. As a result, they will have a lot of responsibility and their autonomy increases.
Flexibility is lower as school nurses will often be restricted to working within school hours.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a school nurse, based on salary and number of jobs available are:
- Alaska, where the average annual salary is $81,318
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary is $60,741
- Rhode Island, where the average annual salary is $66,880
- Nevada, where the average annual salary is $55,065
- California, where the average annual salary is $65,035
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, North Carolina and Utah.
In the United States, only 3% of registered nurses were employed in educational services.
School nurses may work in one school where they will work closely with teachers. Or, they may spend time travelling to different schools.