Compensation and benefits survey report for occupational health nursing now available

Certified occupational health nursing professionals earn significantly more.

Chicago — The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) announced 2018 survey results examining compensation and benefits of occupational health nurses. The 2018 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report contains information regarding employee benefits, facility staffing, expense budgets, salaries for full-time and hourly employees, and facility operations.

Survey highlights include:

  • In 2018, the average salary is $86,972 and the median salary is $83,000. Since 2013, the average salary has increased 6%, and the median salary has increased by 11%.
  • The type of occupational and environmental health nursing certification obtained by participants impacts salary. For instance, participants with COHN-S/CM ($97,706) or COHN-S ($95,146) certification earn significantly more than those with a COHN certification ($83,755).
  • More than three in four participants receive dental insurance (91%), medical insurance (90%), life insurance (85%), vision insurance (82%) and prescription drug coverage (80%).
  • Tuition reimbursement for college courses (65%), certification/re-certification examinations (61%), and professional association membership(s)/dues (59%) are the professional nursing-related activities for which employers are most likely to pay.
  • The three most common job titles for survey participants are OHN/Clinician (18%), Manager (18%), and OHN/Case Manager (14%).
  • The top-four primary job functions amongst participants are primary care, management and administration, case management, and compliance with regulation.

Occupational and environmental health nurses across the country promote healthy lifestyles while keeping workers safe, healthy and performing at a high level. By championing for a safe and healthy workplace culture, these outstanding professionals not only improve the health of employees, but contribute significantly to a healthy bottom line for businesses, by reducing lost work time, and increasing job satisfaction and productivity of a healthy workforce.

The nationwide survey was distributed by email to 18,709 AAOHN members, non-members and other professionals affiliated with AAOHN, AOHP, and ABOHN in January 2018.

To purchase the full report, visit The full report is divided into four main sections: Executive Summary, Survey Results, Mean Salary Tables and Verbatim Comments. The Executive Summary section identifies key findings of the survey results. Analysis for each survey question is presented in the Survey Results section. In this section, results are presented in tables and graphs.

The survey and report was sponsored by Corporate Health Resources, Inc.

Contact Ande Leslie with questions: and 312.673.5534


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