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Nurse Case Manager Salary

Most Nurse Case Managers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $65K per year. Compensation ranges from $50K on the lower end to $85K per year on the higher end. In the world of Nurse Case Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $85K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Nurse Case Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$50,685 - $82,712
(Median)
$51K
$65K
$83K
MEDIAN: $65,429
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$22.89 - $41.09
(Median)
$23
$31
$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
$50,685 - $82,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,092  
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $4,637  
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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$50,223 - $85,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.89 - $41.09  
   
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 - $5,092  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $4,637  
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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$50,223 - $85,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,175

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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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As Nurse Case Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Case Management, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Case Management earn $85K on average per year. Becoming an Utilization Review Registered Nurse is, more often than not, the most common role that Nurse Case Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Utilization Review Registered Nurse is $62K. Another frequent advance is for Nurse Case Managers to assume a Clinical Nurse Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., United Healthcare Group, and WellPoint, Inc. are all popular places to work. Genex Services Incorporated offers the largest salaries in town ($76K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $49K to $95K. Molina Healthcare, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, and Corvel Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Nurse Case Managers earning around $72K, $71K, or $71K at each firm, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Home Health and Hospice Care, where median pay comes to just $53K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $41K and ending at $67K, range in salary is rather small. Amerigroup Corporation, Humana, Inc., and Genex are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($57K, $65K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Utilization Review, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, Emergency Room, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Psychiatric, Hospice, and Geriatrics. Most people experienced in Acute Care also know 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.


Nurse Case Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $61K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $65K. Nurse Case Managers see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $70K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Nurse Case Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Nurse Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Indianapolis and Columbus (5 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
$66,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries


Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Obstetrics
0%

National Average
$66,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 587 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%
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