Slightly more than half of Clinical Nurse Specialists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $60K to $112K per year, and the average comes out to $83K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Clinical Nurse Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,118 - $108,350
$62K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,600
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50%
90%

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$23.92 - $55.98
$24
$40
$56
MEDIAN: $39.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,118 - $108,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$59,943 - $112,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.92 - $55.98  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$59,943 - $112,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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

  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel specific patient population.
  • Maintain clinical practice and case management.
  • Educate patients, community and staff.
  • Conduct research in field of specialty.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


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As Clinical Nurse Specialists make advancements in their career path to positions such as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, their salaries may climb. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners make $92K annually on average. Clinical Nurse Specialists most often move into Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


Clinical Nurse Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Psychiatric, Geriatrics, and Emergency Room. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of Medicine / Surgery and Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $79K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $83K. Clinical Nurse Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $83K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $91K on average.

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Key Stats for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries


National Average
$84,000




Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries



Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%

Oncology
up arrow 3%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$84,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Wound Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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