Entry-Level Case Manager Salary

Entry-Level Case Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $35K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Case Managers who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$26,600 - $56,462
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,501
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$11.58 - $26.59
(Median)
$12
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,600 - $56,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $14,899  
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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$25,452 - $56,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$5.21 - $40.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $14,899  
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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$25,452 - $56,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,675
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Case Manager


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Case Managers include Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Rescare, Inc. Aetna, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $67K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Centene Corporation at $50K, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at $34K, and Rescare, Inc, where Entry-Level Case Managers annually earn $34K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Salvation Army at $28K, and Big Brothers Big Sisters where $29K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Case Managers there earn up to $39K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Case Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Phoenix (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Case Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Case Manager in Houston:
"Know Your Organization!"
Know the products and processes; not just to 'get by' on the job, but to excel in your position. Ask questions from other product and process groups -the best way for 'shy' (like me) people to get around has been by asking questions (and understanding the answers) from other groups. You will be remembered as a "go to" person. Be very careful about finding your 'role' in a new team; some people designate the role to you and become surprised by how you began to shine faster than expected.

Case Manager in San Carlos:
"Case Management Is All Different."
You have to know the community and the people who live in the community. Most of the time you listen, write down and refer or connect your clients to resources. Case managers are the forefront of the services or agencies they work for so it is necessary to be knowledgeable in all aspects of social well being. People at times think we are the Therapist. Working with mental health it is necessary to have crisis intervention skills. You have to feel comfortable knowing that the clients who come and seek help are in mental distress or are caught up in the court system. You have to know that the very first visit with a client makes a huge impact on the probability if the client will return or not.

Case Manager in Dallas:
"Great People Skills Is A Must; Administrative Details Also."
Be prepared to work long hours. Develop your people skills. Don't be judgmental; have empathy. Always look for good training opportunities to enhance your skills. Learn Spanish. Administrative details are critical in this field. One detail missed could be costly, in human terms to the client and financially to the employer. Network frequently to learn about new services for your clients.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Case Manager Salaries

Utilization Review (UR)
up arrow 23%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 7%

Patient Education
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Insurance
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Spanish Language
0%

National Average
$34,000

Case Management
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Customer Service
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Counseling
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Client Interaction
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Data Entry
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 599 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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