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Clinical Educator Salary

Clinical Educators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K per year on average but can range from $51K to $95K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Clinical Educators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Clinical Educators who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$51,466 - $95,363
(Median)
51K
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71K
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95K
MEDIAN: $70,534
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$24.30 - $41.24
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$51,466 - $95,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,322 - $94,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $41.24  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $87.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$51,322 - $94,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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Job Description for Clinical Educator

While the job specifics of a clinical educator may vary depending on the field in which he/she works, the general outline of this career is often the same. Generally speaking, a clinical educator works by training others with clinical knowledge, typically in a specialized field. The clinical educator provides information - sometimes in the classroom, other times in the field - and may work with anyone from nurses and clinicians-in-training to insurance personnel, public healthcare workers, and even individual patients.

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Clinical Educator Tasks

  • Educate individuals by assisting in the management and prevention of illness and disease.
  • Counsel individuals on basic rules of good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, including bulletins, and visual aids.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Educator


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Many Clinical Educators move into a Clinical Nurse Specialist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Clinical Nurse Specialists on average bring in a similar salary to Clinical Educators.

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Clinical Educators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Nursing Informatics and Clinical Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Educator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Clinical Educators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $65K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $75K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Clinical Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Clinical Educator Salaries

Nursing Informatics
up arrow 4%

Clinical Education
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%