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Case Manager Salary

Case Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $26K, and the top verges on $69K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career length and location are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Case Managers is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. There are far more female Case Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,670 - $67,700
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51K
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MEDIAN: $36,888
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$11.84 - $32.79
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,670 - $67,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,934  
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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$26,281 - $68,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,211
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $32.79  
   
Overtime
$0.70 - $46.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,934  
   
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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$26,281 - $68,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,982
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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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Case Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Case Management. The average Director of Case Management bring home $84K per year. The most common promotion for Case Managers is a Social Services Case Manager position, which usually brings in $31K a year. Another standard transition for Case Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Registered Nurse role, where pay is often $55K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Case Manager


Catholic Charities, Humana, Inc., Aetna, Inc., The Salvation Army, and Centene Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Case Managers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kindred Healthcare offers the most; Case Managers earn $67K on average there. Other big spenders include United Healthcare Group, Humana, Inc., and Aetna, Inc., top-paying firms where Case Managers see paychecks nearing $67K, $65K, or $64K.

Case Managers will find the worst pay at Volunteers of America, where the median salary crawls in at $29K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $37K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Big Brothers Big Sisters at $29K, The Salvation Army at $31K, and Catholic Charities at $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, 54 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Bilingual, and Counseling. Most people familiar with 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.


Case Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $33K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $39K. Case Managers see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Case Managers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Tampa (+9 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (4 percent less) and Philadelphia (3 percent less).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Case Manager Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Case Manager Salaries

registered nurse
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Insurance
up arrow 14%

National Average
$36,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 5%



Bilingual
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 949 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%