Clinical Nurse Leaders in the United States can expect wages of $75K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Clinical Nurse Leaders are female. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Clinical Nurse Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,109 - $102,213
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$51K
$75K
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MEDIAN: $74,770
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$24.24 - $44.18
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$24
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$44
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,109 - $102,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$51,162 - $99,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $44.18  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $67.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
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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$51,162 - $99,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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.


Clinical Nurse Leaders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $69K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $75K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. 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 $85K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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