Case Manager Salary

Those pursuing careers as Case Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37K annually. Compensation ranges between $26K and $70K per year. Total cash earnings of Case Managers range from $26K 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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though tenure and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Women account for the majority of Case Managers who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Job satisfaction for Case Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,689 - $68,787
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,081
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$11.88 - $33.30
(Median)
$12
$16
$33
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,689 - $68,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,977  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,081  
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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$26,406 - $69,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $33.30  
   
Overtime
$1.15 - $46.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,081  
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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$26,406 - $69,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,256

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Job Description for Case Manager

The Medical Case Manager usually answers to either the director of nursing or clinical care for the facility, or the CFO. Duties include but are not limited to interviewing or corresponding with physicians to correct errors or omissions and to investigate questionable claims; analyzing information gathered by investigation; reporting findings and recommendations; recommending process and policies to improve quality of patient services and increase revenue; and compiling, auditing and analyzing patient records to document conditions and treatments and to provide data for cost control and care improvement efforts.

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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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For Case Managers, progressing to a Director of Case Management role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Case Management can earn $85K annually. Becoming a Social Services Case Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Case Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Social Services Case Manager is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Case Managers to assume a Registered Nurse role; in this role, workers often take home $55K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Case Manager


Catholic Charities, Aetna, Inc., The Salvation Army, Humana, Inc., and Centene Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Case Managers. Although UnitedHealth Group offers the highest salaries (median pay is $70K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $48K to $78K. Also paying near the top of the field are Kindred Healthcare at $67K, Aetna, Inc. at $66K, and Humana, Inc., where Case Managers annually earn $65K.

Known for its small paychecks, Big Brothers Big Sisters actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $27K — 159 percent less than the top paying company. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include The Salvation Army ($30K), Volunteers of America ($30K), and Area Agency On Aging ($32K).

Popular Skills for Case Manager


Case Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 89 percent, 60 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Case Managers. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $34K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $39K. Case Managers bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Case Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), San Antonio (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 5 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (4 percent lower) and Indianapolis (3 percent lower).

Case Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Case Manager?

Case Manager in Opelika:
"The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being A Case Manager."
Pros: I really like the on-the-job training, practice and experience. The enjoyment of meeting new families and assisting the families according to the need. The families' extending the appreciation for the assistance offered has been encouragement to continue in this field.
Cons: The disadvantages regarding this job is the lack of participation and effort shown by the individuals that are being offered services. Witnessing co-workers lack of desire to serve individuals due to bias views. Lastly, but very important is the low pay scale for individuals working for the agency.

Case Manager in Rockville:
"Case Manager Position."
Pros: Making a difference in the lives of homeless and formerly homeless individuals.
Cons: Care giver burnout.

Case Manager in Bronxville:
Pros: I love seeing individuals I work with achieve the goals and standards they set for themselves. Also the level of respect and trust that is shared from both sides of the spectrum.
Cons: I would say the bad is when you have to do what is best for the individual your working with even if it hurts them emotionally you know in the end they will be better because of it.

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Experience Affects Case Manager Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Case Manager Salaries

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Insurance
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National Average
$36,000

Case Management
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Customer Service
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Spanish Language
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Crisis intervention
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Bilingual
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Data Entry
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 992 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%