Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialists take home an average $76K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,701 - $97,140
(Median)
$59K
$76K
$97K
MEDIAN: $76,285
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$29.33 - $58.52
(Median)
$29
$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
$58,701 - $97,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$59,664 - $104,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.33 - $58.52  
   
Overtime
$35.00 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
   
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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$59,664 - $104,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 10%

Psychiatric
up arrow 3%

Oncology
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$78,000

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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