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Entry-Level Case Manager Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Case Managers may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K annually. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Entry-Level Case Managers (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Case Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,572 - $55,940
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,500
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$11.50 - $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
$26,572 - $55,940  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,029  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $4,408  
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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$25,379 - $56,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,322
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$4.70 - $40.50  
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 - $2,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $4,408  
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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$25,379 - $56,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,568

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Case Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Case Managers, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Rescare, Inc are leading firms in the industry. Entry-Level Case Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aetna, Inc., where the average salary comes to $67K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Centene Corporation at $50K, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at $37K, and Rescare, Inc, where Entry-Level Case Managers annually earn $34K.

The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, and Big Brothers Big Sisters are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($28K, $29K, and $29K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Case Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 4 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 2 percent less, 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)
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Home Health/Home Care
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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
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Counseling
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Client Interaction
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 605 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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