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Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

The average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $80,671 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
$60,817 - $109,615
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MEDIAN: $80,670
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$29.82 - $63.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,817 - $109,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $14,544  
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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$61,856 - $117,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$29.82 - $63.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.30 - $14,544  
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).
)
$61,856 - $117,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

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

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 10%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
0%

National Average
$82,000

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 1%

Oncology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%