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Average Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

$90,412
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,023
Bonus
$200
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The average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $90,412.
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$68k
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$90k
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What Do Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)s Do?

Job Satisfaction for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

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What Are Popular Skills for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)s?

Skills in Acute Care, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Medicine / Surgery and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oncology.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)s?

An entry-level Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $82,212 based on 36 salaries. An early career Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,636 based on 126 salaries. A mid-career Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,783 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,610 based on 145 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,237.
Employees with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 34.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (28.6% more) and Seattle, Washington (21.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (2.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 597 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.0%
Early Career
21.1%
Mid Career
21.9%
Experienced
24.3%
Late Career
26.6%