Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialists lies in the neighborhood of $76K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,199 - $96,384
(Median)
$58K
$76K
$96K
MEDIAN: $75,878
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$29.58 - $58.52
(Median)
$30
$38
$59
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,199 - $96,384  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
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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$59,502 - $103,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.58 - $58.52  
   
Overtime
$35.61 - $53.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
   
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).
)
$59,502 - $103,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries

Psychiatric
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Oncology
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Medicine / Surgery
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Acute Care
0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
0%

National Average
$77,000

Geriatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%