How do you get paid?

  1. Just curious as to whether the majority of school nurses are salaried or hourly. & what the average hourly pay rate or salary is for rural schools. I'm honestly just curious to see if what I make is average because I'm hourly and I took a HUGE paycut to work at the school.
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  3. by   kidzcare
    You can check the negotiated contracts of surrounding districts to see if you are in the same ballpark.

    It varies so widely that it would hard to get an accurate idea here. Some districts pay nurses the same as teachers, some pay significantly less, some are salary, some are hourly.
  4. by   ERschoolRN
    I think there's huge variation by region. I live in Arkansas and am salaried. I make $38,700. I took at $15,000 paycut for this job but of course the hours, being with my kids more, etc made it worth it. Although i'm trying to learn to budget better! This is my 1st year. We do not get paid as much as the teachers.
  5. by   Eleven011
    I'm in a pretty rural area and I am paid hourly. Nurses in my town have limited options. We have a combined hospital/clinic, 2 nursing homes, a mentally disabled facility (only a few nurses), the County Health nurse position and my position. I've worked at all of them except the County Health. Our hourly ranges from $18-25/hr, maybe more for those that are reaching 15-20 years in their same position. I'm at the lower end of the range now, however my perks are better
  6. by   scout mom
    Quote from kidzcare
    You can check the negotiated contracts of surrounding districts to see if you are in the same ballpark.

    It varies so widely that it would hard to get an accurate idea here. Some districts pay nurses the same as teachers, some pay significantly less, some are salary, some are hourly.
    That's kind of the problem though. The majority of surrounding districts either don't have a nurse at all or have part time nurses, but no FT and one district has a LOT more tax money than we do so it's like apples and oranges.
  7. by   OldDude
    Suburban town of a little over 17000 in South Texas. Starting teacher/RNs get a salary of 52k and change.
  8. by   pennyeary
    In Texas it depends on your credentials,the district and your years of service. I am a CNA in a small 700 student district, the only school nurse but I also have 15 years in the Texas public education system so that puts my pay on a different scale.
  9. by   k1p1ssk
    I'm in a rural school, 190 students and I'm salaried. New School Nurses in my district would make around 39k (step 1) and the most experienced around 68k. If you got a master's degree+. you'd max out around 73k/year. I believe that this is par for the course in my county.
  10. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Certified School Nurses in my area are on Teacher's salary.
    RNs are hourly on paraprofessional payscale.
  11. by   BluebellRN
    In Central VA, salaried. I'm just over $31k, and they started me at year 7. I'm a BSN- RN, but there's no extra money for BSN or MSN. We do have a separate LPN payscale.

    I took over a $25k/yr paycut. I'm in a nurse heavy area; major university medical center, plus a community hospital, TONS of clinics, ALFs and SNFs on every corner, home health and hospice companies, several other hospitals in communiting distance. That being said, my payscale is on par for my surrounding districts.
  12. by   CampyCamp
    Quote from LikeTheDeadSea
    Certified School Nurses in my area are on Teacher's salary.
    RNs are hourly on paraprofessional payscale.
    Same here. My hourly is half of my hospital hourly.
  13. by   pedi_nurse
    RN in a large/wealthy district in Texas. Starting salary is 53k for new teachers and nurses. Only RNs are hired here. In my last district, small to medium sized, RNs were on teacher salaries and LVNs/Health Aides were on hourly. I'm not sure what their compensation was.
  14. by   MHDNURSE
    I'm at an urban Charter School that has its own "District" so to speak, and they do not publish their pay scale to the public. I am salaried like the teachers. Our regular work week is 50 hours/week.

    In the district where I live, the pay scale is published and it is based on Bachelor's degree plus one year, etc. up to 10 years. That range is $48, 420- $78,035/year. The Master's degree range is $53,000 - $80,000. The school nurses in my district are only eligible up to the +9 years for some reason so they cap at that wage.

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