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Nurse Case Manager Salary

Most Nurse Case Managers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $65K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $50K, and the top verges on $85K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Nurse Case Managers can bottom out near $50K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,665 - $82,649
(Median)
$51K
$65K
$83K
MEDIAN: $65,376
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$22.87 - $40.98
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$23
$30
$41
MEDIAN: $30
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,665 - $82,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$98.87 - $4,750  
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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$50,174 - $85,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.87 - $40.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.92  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.87 - $4,750  
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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$50,174 - $85,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,167

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Job Description for Nurse Case Manager

Nurse case managers are registered nurses with at least an associate's degree in nursing (some employers prefer a bachelor's or master's degree). In addition to education, nurse case managers must also be licensed in the state of practice. Generally, nurse case managers have at least two years of experience as a floor nurse providing direct patient care before they move into the role of case management. Nurse case managers are employed in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, and prison facilities. They work with patients to determine placement when additional services are needed, such as rehabilitation, social services or mental health services. Nurse case managers assess each patient's needs individually and develop a care plan for that specific patient. Nurse case managers are knowledgeable about local resources, which they integrate into the care of the patient. Organization is essential because the case load at any given time may be quite large. They also conduct admission and discharge planning for patients, which may involve coordination of hospital, hospice, rehab and home-bound patients. Nurse case managers must be aware of different insurance plans and the services each covers. Case managers may work a variety of shifts as needed to meet patient care. They work directly with the staff nurses, physicians and other health care personnel to coordinate services for optimal cost savings and benefit to the patient.


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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Case Management. The average Director of Case Management brings home $85K per year. As Nurse Case Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Utilization Review Registered Nurses. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $62K. Another common career choice for Nurse Case Managers is to move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role — this promotion usually pays $72K.

Nurse Case Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Aetna, Inc., United Healthcare Group, Humana, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, and WellPoint, Inc. are all popular places to work. Genex Services Incorporated pays the most with a median salary of $76K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $49K to a high of $95K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Molina Healthcare, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, and Corvel Corporation, where Nurse Case Managers typically earn around $73K, $71K, or $71K, respectively.

Pay for Nurse Case Managers is the lowest at Home Health and Hospice Care, which has a median salary of $53K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $67K. Amerigroup Corporation, Humana, Inc., and Centene Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $57K, $65K, and $65K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Utilization Review, Emergency Room, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Labor & Delivery, Birthing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Hospice, Psychiatric, and Home Health/Home Care. Those proficient in Acute Care are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nurse Case Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $61K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $65K. For Nurse Case Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Nurse Case Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Nurse Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (6 percent less) and Indianapolis (5 percent less).

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
$65,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries


Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Case Management
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Obstetrics
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National Average
$65,000

Pediatrics
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Geriatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 600 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 16%