Nurse Case Manager Salary

Women comprise the majority of Nurse Case Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $67K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Nurse Case Managers approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Nurse Case Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$51,328 - $83,628
(Median)
$51K
$67K
$84K
MEDIAN: $66,532
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$23.81 - $42.23
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$24
$31
$42
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$51,328 - $83,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,151  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $4,404  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$51,109 - $86,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.81 - $42.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,151  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $4,404  
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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$51,109 - $86,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
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Job Description for Nurse Case Manager

The job is mostly administrative and involves overseeing the healthcare needs of individuals. A nurse case manager may work at a hospital, at a nursing home, or in an industrial environment.

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Nurse Case Manager Tasks

  • Provide utilization management for assigned patient case load.
  • Conduct admissions and discharge planning for hospital, hospice or home care patients.
  • Assess patient needs and develop a care plan.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Case Manager


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Nurse Case Managers who go on to become Directors of Case Management may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Case Management is $86K annually. Going from Nurse Case Manager to Utilization Review Registered Nurse is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Utilization Review Registered Nurses is $62K. Many others choose to work as Clinical Nurse Managers, where pay is typically $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers fill the offices of leading firms Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., United Healthcare Group, and Cigna Corporation. Although Genex Services Incorporated boasts the highest average salary in town at $76K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $50K or as much as $94K. Nurse Case Managers will also find cushy salaries at UnitedHealth Group (+$72K), Molina Healthcare, Inc. (+$72K), and Corvel Corporation (+$71K).

Nurse Case Managers will find the worst pay at Home Health and Hospice Care, where the median salary crawls in at $53K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $67K, leaving little room for growth. Wellcare Health Plans, Inc., Humana, Inc. and Centene Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $64K, $65K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Survey results imply that Nurse Case Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Dialysis, Utilization Review, and Emergency Room are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychiatric, Home Health/Home Care, and Geriatrics. For most people, competency in Acute Care indicates knowledge of Utilization Review (UR) and Home Health/Home Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Case Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Nurse Case Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. Nurse Case Managers bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,746

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

With a pay rate for Nurse Case Managers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Nurse Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Columbus and Indianapolis (6 percent lower).

Nurse Case Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Nurse Case Manager?

Nurse Case Manager in North Carolina:
"Overall great position."
Pros: Love the culture and clients in the clinic. Good works are done daily. Feel that my role makes a positive difference for the company as well as the clients. Open communication with immediate supervisor provides for honest discussions and planning. Low stress level due to constant planning and adjusting the plan when needed.
Cons: Feel pay level is below average for level of responsibility. Improvements needed with communication/action from upper management.

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Experience Affects Nurse Case Manager Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries



Utilization Review (UR)
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 1%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

National Average
$67,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Hospice
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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