Salary for Clinical Nurse Specialists

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Also known as:  CCU Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CNS, Community Health Nurse, Coronary Care Unit Nurse, Emergency Room RN, Endoscopy Registered Nurse, Hospice Registered Nurse, Obstetrical Nurse, Oncology Registered Nurse helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Clinical nurse specialists performing nursing functions in a clinical setting. Their duties involve developing treatment plans in cooperation with physicians, interviewing and evaluating patients to determine care requirements, monitoring patient conditions, making clinical recommendations to doctors and other medical personnel, training nursing students and medical staff, and developing and implementing nursing standards of care. A Master's degree is almost always required for this occupation.

A Clinical Nurse Specialist earns a pay level between $53,410 to $116,230 depending on the level of education. usually receive an average salary of eigthy thousand and ten dollars each year.

receive the highest compensation in California, where they receive average pay scales of close to about $120,560. This group of people are compensated most highly in Public Administration, where they can receive wages of $88,000.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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