Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

Slightly more than half of Clinical Nurse Specialists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $62K to $118K per year, but median earnings come to around $81K annually. In the world of Clinical Nurse Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $62K and $118K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Clinical Nurse Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Clinical Nurse Specialists (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,467 - $111,066

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$29.94 - $63.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,467 - $111,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,125  
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $14,795  
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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$61,674 - $117,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$29.94 - $63.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $91.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,125  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $14,795  
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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$61,674 - $117,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


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Clinical Nurse Specialists sometimes move into a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner role, where the salary is similar. Clinical Nurse Specialists most frequently become Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and Family Nurse Practitioners even though median compensation is $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


Survey results imply that Clinical Nurse Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Psychiatric, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Clinical Nurse Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $78K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $80K. Clinical Nurse Specialists see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $92K on average.

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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 4%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 4%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 2%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
0%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$83,000

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Oncology
up arrow 2%

Wound Care
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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