Average Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Salary

$88,520
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$1,400
Bonus
$800
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The average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is $88,520.
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$66k
MEDIAN
$89k
90%
$116k
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$66k - $116k
Bonus
$493 - $12k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $2k
Total Pay
$57k - $119k

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Popular Skills for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

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 $80,672 based on 41 salaries. An early career Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,149 based on 143 salaries. A mid-career Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,300 based on 143 salaries. An experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,159 based on 183 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,478.
Employees with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 29.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (24.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (23.8% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 703 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.8%
Early Career
20.3%
Mid Career
20.3%
Experienced
26.0%
Late Career
27.5%