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Clinical Nurse Leader Salary

The average Clinical Nurse Leader in the United States earns approximately $77K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Clinical Nurse Leaders (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Nurse Leaders. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$52,203 - $102,857
(Median)
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,957
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90%

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$22.98 - $45.05
(Median)
$23
$32
$45
MEDIAN: $32.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,203 - $102,857  
   
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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$52,071 - $101,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.98 - $45.05  
   
Overtime
$8.70 - $57.70  
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$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).
)
$52,071 - $101,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $78K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Clinical Nurse Leader generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $84K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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