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Clinical Nurse Leader Salary

Clinical Nurse Leaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $77K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a majority collect vision insurance. Clinical Nurse Leaders who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Job satisfaction for Clinical Nurse Leaders is high.

$52,033 - $102,911
(Median)
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,949
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$22.80 - $45.15
(Median)
$23
$32
$45
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,033 - $102,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,362  
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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$51,896 - $101,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.80 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$8.70 - $57.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,362  
   
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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$51,896 - $101,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. Clinical Nurse Leaders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $84K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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