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Legal Nurse Consultant Salary (United States)

Legal Nurse Consultants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $70K annually on average but can range from $52K to $215K per year. Cash earnings for Legal Nurse Consultants — including $10K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $215K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and just under a half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Legal Nurse Consultants is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Legal Nurse Consultant Salary (?
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$49,691 - $92,528
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MEDIAN: $70,006
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Legal Nurse Consultant Salary (?
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$27.93 - $135.91
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$49,691 - $92,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$2,416 - $11,920  
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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$51,815 - $214,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$27.93 - $135.91  
   
Overtime
$31.01 - $94.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,416 - $11,920  
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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$51,815 - $214,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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Job Description for Legal Nurse Consultant

The position of a legal nurse consultant is employed primarily by insurance companies. Most companies in this industry require applicants to be registered nurses (RNs) and prefer those who have several years of clinical experience; some companies may search specifically for RNs who have worked in other departments of the hospital, such as the emergency room. Some companies prefer applicants who have legal certificates or paralegal training. Nurses with previous experience in case management or other legal matters are also preferred.
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Legal Nurse Consultant Tasks
  • Create summaries, reports, and invoices to document recommendations and hours.
  • Review, analyze, understand, and make recommendations about health records.
  • Prepare visualizations and graphs for trials.
  • Collect, organize, audit, and maintain records for legal purposes.
  • Instruct people about standards of care, potential causality and risks.

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Nurse Consultant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $74K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $84K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $84K. The majority of Legal Nurse Consultants have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Louisville
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National Average
$78,000
Houston
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Orlando
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New Orleans
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For Legal Nurse Consultants, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Legal Nurse Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Louisville (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, New Orleans Legal Nurse Consultants have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Chicago (14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Legal Nurse Consultant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$78,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 38%