Case Manager Salary

Pay for Case Managers in the United States is very modest at just $37K per year. Total cash earnings of Case Managers range from $27K on the low end to $70K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. While experience level and geographic location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The vast majority (84 percent) of Case Managers who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,988 - $68,923
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$28K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,391
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$12.08 - $33.14
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,988 - $68,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,459  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $5,093  
Commission
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,819 - $69,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,052
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $33.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$7.14 - $46.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,459  
   
Commission
$250.00  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $5,093  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,819 - $69,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,184
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Job Description for Case Manager

Case managers can help recovering addicts, the elderly, ex-convicts, people with severe illnesses, or the impoverished. Case managers give people advice and guidance in areas that will help improve an individual’s life. A case manager will normally work very closely with health providers, such as general care practitioners, psychiatrists, and psychologists.

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Case Manager Tasks

  • Recommend process and policies to improve quality of patient services and increase revenue.
  • Analyze information gathered by investigation; report findings and recommendations.
  • Interview or correspond with physicians to correct errors or omissions and to investigate questionable claims.
  • Compile, audit and analyze patient records to document condition and treatment and to provide data for cost control and care improvement efforts.

Common Career Paths for Case Manager


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Case Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Case Management, where median compensation is $86K annually. The most common career progression for Case Managers leads to becoming a Social Services Case Manager, where pay is typically $31K. However, many Case Managers also opt to become Nurse Case Managers, a position that pays $63K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Case Manager


Dominating the field, Catholic Charities, Humana, Inc., Aetna, Inc., Rescare, Inc, and The Salvation Army are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Case Managers. Although Kaiser Permanente boasts the highest average salary in town at $77K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $38K or as much as $131K. Other big spenders include UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Inc., and Humana, Inc., top-paying firms where Case Managers see paychecks nearing $69K, $65K, or $64K.

The lowest salaries can be found at The Salvation Army — median pay is $29K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $21K and only reaching $35K. Other low-paying employers include Volunteers of America at $31K and Big Brothers Big Sisters at $31K, though some Case Managers there earn up to $40K.

Popular Skills for Case Manager


Case Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with registered nurse, Utilization Review (UR), and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 78 percent, 55 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry, Crisis intervention, and Problem Solving. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Oral / Verbal Communication and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Case Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Case Managers. Case Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $34K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,384

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Case Managers will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 12 percent. Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Miami (+9 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Chicago (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Case Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Case Manager?

Case Manager in Saint Ignace:
"Optimistic Community Member."
Pros: I enjoy helping people overcome difficulties in their life. It is always interesting learning where the people have been and how we can help them move on and improve their current situation and watch them succeed in the community.
Cons: Stress Level, Burn out,

Case Manager in Westminster:
"Helping others."
Pros: Helping families get Medicaid and keeping it going. Being able to work independently and being trusted to get the job done.
Cons: I don't talk to to many people since I'm the only one that has my type of case load.

Case Manager in Arlington:
Pros: Flexibility of my schedule, meeting my clients, many times feeling as though I am able to really help them.
Cons: Upper management. No accountability for those in power.

Case Manager in Phoenix:
"Working Hard for the Money."
Pros: I like working independently. I like working on team projects. I like being an advocate for the clients. I like working in an administrative role. I like working behind the scenes. I like the casual dress work environment. I like available flexibility in the work schedule. I like working from home part-time.
Cons: I do not like the stress level in the work environment sometimes. I do not like the disagreements between staff to staff. I do not like the disagreements between clients to client. I do not like the low moral.

Case Manager in Kalamazoo:
"Rewarding but stressful; underfunded."
Pros: Feeling as though my job makes a positive difference in the lives of people that are left behind in our society.
Cons: I work too hard, work too much after hours for no pay.

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Experience Affects Case Manager Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Case Manager Salaries

registered nurse
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Insurance
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National Average
$36,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%



Problem Solving
up arrow 6%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 8%

Data Entry
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1085 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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