Salary for
Clinical Nurse Specialist in the United States

How much does a Clinical Nurse Specialist earn in the United States? The average Clinical Nurse Specialist salary in the United States is $103,994 as of March 28, 2019, but the range typically falls between $94,023 and $113,913. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View Cost of Living in Major Cities

Job Description

Responsible for assessing a healthcare facility's nursing practice and its impact on patient outcomes. Provides clinical direction to nursing staff in the delivery of patient care programs. Ensures nursing staff maintains an established level of clinical competency. May require a master's degree. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. Manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. Extensive knowledge of department processes. Typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 to 3 years supervisory experience may be required.

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    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    5 + years experience
    Master's Degree

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    Nursing Director


    JD, MD, PhD or Equivalent

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