Nurse Case Manager Salary

Most Nurse Case Managers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $66K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $85K per year. Cash earnings for Nurse Case Managers — including $5K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $85K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Nurse Case Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,718 - $82,881
(Median)
$51K
$66K
$83K
MEDIAN: $65,579
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$23.03 - $41.41
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$23
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$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
$50,718 - $82,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,072  
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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$50,327 - $85,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.03 - $41.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.07  
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 - $5,072  
   
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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$50,327 - $85,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,204
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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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At the upper end, Nurse Case Managers who move into a Director of Case Management role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Case Management is a much higher $85K per year. The most common promotion for Nurse Case Managers is an Utilization Review Registered Nurse position, which usually brings in $62K a year. Another standard transition for Nurse Case Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Clinical Nurse Manager role, where pay is often $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers flock to Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., United Healthcare Group, and WellPoint, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Genex Services Incorporated offers the largest salaries in town ($75K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $49K to $94K. Also paying near the top of the field are Molina Healthcare, Inc. at $72K, OptumHealth, Inc. at $72K, and UnitedHealth Group, where Nurse Case Managers annually earn $71K.

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. Also approaching the lower end are Amerigroup Corporation at $57K, Humana, Inc. at $66K, and V.A. Medical Center at $68K.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychiatric, Hospice, and Home Health/Home Care. Those educated in Acute Care tend to be well versed 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.


For Nurse Case Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. Nurse Case Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Nurse Case Managers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Nurse Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Columbus (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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


Emergency Room (ER)
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Case Management
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Acute Care
0%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Obstetrics
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National Average
$66,000

Pediatrics
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Geriatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 567 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
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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