Nurse Case Manager Salary

Nurse Case Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $67K annually. In the world of Nurse Case Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $86K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Nurse Case Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,328 - $83,628
(Median)
$51K
$67K
$84K
MEDIAN: $66,532
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$23.81 - $42.23
(Median)
$24
$31
$42
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary 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$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


Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., United Healthcare Group, and Cigna Corporation are all popular places to work. Although Genex Services Incorporated leads the field in pay with a median salary of $76K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $50K on the low end all the way up to $94K at the top. Other employers shelling out big bucks include UnitedHealth Group, Molina Healthcare, Inc., and Corvel Corporation, where Nurse Case Managers typically earn around $72K, $72K, or $71K, respectively.

Home Health and Hospice Care offers the least pay with a median salary of $53K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $67K. Wellcare Health Plans, Inc., Humana, Inc., and Centene Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($64K, $65K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers report using a large range 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 pay less than market rate include Psychiatric, Home Health/Home Care, and Geriatrics. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nurse Case Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Nurse Case Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,746

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

For Nurse Case Managers, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Workers in Columbus and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 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
$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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