Clinical Nurse Leader Salary

For Clinical Nurse Leaders, yearly average wages total $76K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (85 percent) of Clinical Nurse Leaders who took the survey are female. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Clinical Nurse Leaders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$52,059 - $101,846
(Median)
$52K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,373
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$22.85 - $44.49
(Median)
$23
$32
$44
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,059 - $101,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$51,159 - $100,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.85 - $44.49  
   
Overtime
$9.07 - $68.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$51,159 - $100,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Clinical Nurse Leader

Clinical nurse leaders are responsible for leading all clinical nursing tasks within their organization. They are in charge of completing a variety of nursing activities and motivating other nurses to reach all clinical goals in a timely manner.

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Clinical Nurse Leader Tasks

  • Put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery.
  • Oversee the lateral integration of care for a distinct group of patients and actively provide direct patient care in complex situations.
  • Collect and evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk, and assert decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.
  • Comply with health organization's different credentialing affiliations and ensuring policies are adhered to.
  • Function as part of an inter-professional team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other healthcare professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.

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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Leader

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


For Clinical Nurse Leaders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. For Clinical Nurse Leaders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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