Registered nurses who worked in educational services earned, on average, $60,720 per year, while licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earned around $36,970 annually, as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014. These results included all private, state and local government schools.
Salaries for school nurses are lower in elementary and secondary schools than they are in post-secondary schools such as colleges, technical schools and trade schools. Educational requirements for becoming a school nurse vary from state to state, but the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recommends a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and RN certification, states the organization's website. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continued growth in employment for school nurses, job searchers may face more employment challenges than their counterparts in medical facilities, due to schools needing fewer nurses.