The average pay for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $78,838 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Psychiatric is associated with high pay for this job.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Total Pay (?
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$59,873 - $103,596
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $78,837
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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Total Pay (?
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$29.74 - $61.95
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,873 - $103,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,063  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $5,068  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$60,997 - $110,227  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 783
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.74 - $61.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $88.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,063  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $5,068  
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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$60,997 - $110,227  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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Job Description for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) are responsible for clinical care and nursing practices in a specialized unit or clinic. Clinical nurse specialists are a type of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with a focus on the management and improvement of nursing care and patient satisfaction within a particular clinical department such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, or oncology. They teach new techniques for patient care to nurses under their supervision, tailoring their methods according to department-specific needs. Clinical nurse specialists analyze patient results (in terms of both satisfaction and medical outcomes) and use this analysis to provide feedback and develop policies within their department. They work closely with other medical professionals to assess current patient care standards and find potential improvements. Clinical nurse specialists also provide clinical service directly to patients, giving medical assessments and nursing care.
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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Tasks
  • Educate patients, community and staff.
  • Conduct research in field of specialty.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel specific patient population.
  • Maintain clinical practice and case management.
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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Boston
up arrow 21%
San Diego
up arrow 21%
San Antonio
up arrow 16%
Baltimore
up arrow 9%
Atlanta
up arrow 5%
Seattle
up arrow 4%
Denver
up arrow 2%
Cincinnati
up arrow 1%
National Average
$81,000
Austin
up arrow 8%
Indianapolis
up arrow 9%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries

National Average
$81,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries

Psychiatric
up arrow 12%
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%
Case Management
up arrow 1%
Geriatrics
up arrow 1%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 1%
Acute Care
0%
Labor & Delivery, Birthing
0%
Oncology
0%
National Average
$81,000
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%
Pediatrics
up arrow 4%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 209 votes.
Gender
Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
32%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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