Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

The average pay for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $83,236 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 Labor & Delivery, Birthing is associated with high pay for this job.
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$64,486 - $108,384
$64K
$86K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,623
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90%

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$18.23 - $57.04
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$57
MEDIAN: $40.35
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$0$112K
Salary $64,486 - $108,384
Bonus $0.00 - $15,205
Profit Sharing $850
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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$59,322 - $112,554
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 246
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $18.23 - $57.04
Overtime $16.48 - $66.98
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $0.00 - $15,205
Profit Sharing $850
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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$59,322 - $112,554
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 128

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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.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 102 salaries. An experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 117 salaries. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 100 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,292

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Pittsburgh:
"Positive and Negative."
Pros: Flexibility; supportive supervisor; autonomy.
Cons: Politics; poor leadership in Nursing admin; low morale of staff; high turnover, esp. Of top performing staff.

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Key Stats for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$86,000

▼1%

▼3%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries



▲1%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$86,000

▼2%

Operating Room / OR
▼2%

Medicine / Surgery
▼3%

Case Management
▼3%


▼5%

▼6%

Wound Care
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 9%
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