Clinical Nurse Leader Salary

Clinical Nurse Leaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $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. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. The majority of Clinical Nurse Leaders claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$52,549 - $102,673
(Median)
$53K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,948
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$23.27 - $45.56
(Median)
$23
$32
$46
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,549 - $102,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$51,808 - $101,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$23.27 - $45.56  
   
Overtime
$8.86 - $69.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
   
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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$51,808 - $101,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $74K. For Clinical Nurse Leaders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $84K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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