A school nurse in New York state must be a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a passing score on the national licensing examination for registered nurses, and a current New York state nursing license. School nurses in New York state were generally earning at least $40,000 per year as of 2011.
New York City
School nurse salaries in New York City are much higher than in other areas of New York. The median annual salary for school nurses in this metropolitan region was $51,939 as of May 2011, finds Salary.com. That is about 16 percent higher than the nationwide annual median for this occupation of $43,756. The middle 50 percent of New York City school nurses were earning $41,506 to $65,572 per year. The bottom 10 percent had salaries at or below $32,007 per year, and the top 10 percent were making $77,985 per year or higher.
Salaries for school nurses in other parts of New York are closer to the nationwide median for this occupation. School nurses in cities closer to New York City generally earn more than in other areas of the state. The median salary for a school nurse in Watertown was $40,531 per year, in Jamestown $41,218, in Syracuse $41,612, in Binghamton $42,006, in Buffalo $42,050, in Rochester $43,494, in Albany $44,719, and in Kingston $47,388.
Nationally, the middle 50 percent of school nurses made $34,967 to $55,242 per year, ranking all the median salaries in this sampling of New York cities in that middle 50 percent. In this grouping, excluding New York City, the lowest salaries were in Watertown, where the bottom 10 percent of school nurses made less than $24,980 per year, and the highest salaries were in Kingston, where the top 10 percent made $71,153 per year or higher.
The National Education Association ranks states by their concentration of students per school nurse. Their chart shows the most favorable concentration in Vermont, with 275 students per school nurse, and the worst in Utah, with 4,893 students per school nurse. The association notes that Hawaii does not have school registered nurses. New York state ranks near the middle, with 1,007 students per school nurse.