How much does a Clinical Nurse Specialist make in the United States? The average Clinical Nurse Specialist salary in the United States is $107,322 as of August 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $97,036 and $117,556. 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. 

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Clinical Nurse Specialist is 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. Being a Clinical Nurse Specialist ensures nursing staff maintains an established level of clinical competency. May require a master's degree. Additionally, Clinical Nurse Specialist typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. The Clinical Nurse Specialist 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. To be a Clinical Nurse Specialist typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 - 3 years supervisory experience may be required. Extensive knowledge of the function and department processes. (Copyright 2020 Salary.com)... View full job description

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City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
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