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 per year. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Entry-Level Case Managers who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,891 - $57,372
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $34,759
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$11.68 - $26.46
(Median)
$12
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,891 - $57,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,269  
Profit Sharing
$14.54 - $5,152  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$25,632 - $57,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,075
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $26.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.23 - $40.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,269  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$14.54 - $5,152  
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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$25,632 - $57,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,120
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Case Managers, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Rescare, Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Volunteers of America are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Aetna, Inc. — the median salary there is $67K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Centene Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), where earnings of $55K, $50K, or $37K are standard for Entry-Level Case Managers.

The Salvation Army lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($28K). Communities In Schools, Area Agency On Aging and Volunteers of America are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $28K, $29K, and $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,975

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Case Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando.

Case Manager Advice

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

Case Manager in Providence:
"People are dollar signs."
Don't ever stop caring for people, they are dollar signs, and when dealing with those who have mental health issues, work to help them to be as healthy as possible, and to get the level of care they need. Don't keep them healthy enough to keep them sick.

Case Manager in Southgate:
"Everyone makes mistakes."
Listen to suggestions, take notes, ask questions and collect people's phone numbers and e-mails.

Case Manager in Columbus:
"Friendly Advice."
Be prepared to be flexible, and have an open mind when being confronted by people whose experiences and culture are different then yours. Trust me it's easier said than done. Don't think you know everything, and be willing to learn from your clients, show compassion, and respect. Expect to put a lot of wear and tear on your car; you'll be driving a lot. Most importantly, do a lot of self care. Explore things that peak your interests and try to find something that make you smile every day.

Case Manager in New York:
"Foundation."
Take it personal and learn the who, what, why, how, when and where of your job, this will advance your purpose and build on your foundation.

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.

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Skills That Affect Case Manager Salaries

Utilization Review (UR)
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Home Health/Home Care
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Insurance
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$34,000

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Group Therapy
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Client Interaction
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Crisis intervention
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 668 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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