Women comprise the majority of Nurse Case Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $69K annually on average. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Nurse Case Managers is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,145 - $86,858
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$54K
$69K
$87K
MEDIAN: $68,997
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$24.53 - $44.56
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$54,145 - $86,858  
   
Bonus
$498.61 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$52,876 - $89,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,039
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$24.53 - $44.56  
   
Overtime
$29.26 - $68.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$498.61 - $9,759  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$52,876 - $89,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,135
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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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For Nurse Case Managers, progressing to a Director of Case Management role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Case Management can earn $88K annually. Nurse Case Managers most frequently become Case Managers and Utilization Review Registered Nurses even though median compensation is $33K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Nurse Case Managers include Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, and Anthem. Pay for Nurse Case Managers is best at Genex Services Incorporated, which offers a median salary of $74K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $57K to $90K. Other leaders in compensation levels are OptumHealth, Inc. at $73K, UnitedHealth Group at $73K, and Anthem, where Nurse Case Managers annually earn $72K.

Home Health and Hospice Care doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $53K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $67K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Centene Corporation at $61K, and Cigna Corporation where $65K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Nurse Case Managers there earn up to $101K.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Utilization Review, Emergency Room, and Oncology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Psychiatric, Pediatrics, and Home Health/Home Care. Most people who know Case Management also know Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care. Most people familiar with Utilization Review also know Acute 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $64K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $69K. On average, Nurse Case Managers make $72K following one to two decades on the job. Nurse Case Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,770

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

New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago — America's three largest cities — boast salaries well above the national rate for Nurse Case Managers. Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Charlotte and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 4 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
$69,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries


Utilization Review (UR)
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Oncology
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Case Management
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Acute Care
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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National Average
$69,000

Quality Improvement / QA
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Medicine / Surgery
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Hospice
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Geriatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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