Nurse Case Manager Salary

Most Nurse Case Managers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $69K annually. In the world of Nurse Case Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $90K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $12K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience 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 data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,665 - $86,645
$55K
$69K
$87K
MEDIAN: $69,449
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$24.55 - $44.96
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MEDIAN: $32.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$54,665 - $86,645  
   
Bonus
$504 - $8,770  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $12,159  
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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$53,036 - $89,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,027
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$24.55 - $44.96  
   
Overtime
$28.53 - $67.88  
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
$504 - $8,770  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $12,159  
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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$53,036 - $89,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,186

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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

  • Assess patient needs and develop a care plan.
  • Conduct admissions and discharge planning for hospital, hospice or home care patients.
  • Provide utilization management for assigned patient case load.

Common Career Paths for Nurse Case Manager


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Nurse Case Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Case Management, where median compensation is $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


UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Inc., Humana, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, and Anthem are top-notch employers for Nurse Case Managers in this area. Corvel Corporation 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 $55K to $101K. UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Inc., and DaVita Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Nurse Case Managers earning around $73K, $73K, or $72K at each firm, respectively.

Employees at Home Health and Hospice Care take home the smallest paychecks, and $53K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $41K and quickly nearing the top at only $67K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include V.A. Medical Center at $68K, and Cigna Corporation where $69K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Nurse Case Managers there earn up to $103K.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Utilization Review, Emergency Room, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 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 familiar with Utilization Review also know Acute Care. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Case Manager

Pay by Experience for a Nurse Case Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Nurse Case Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 1,267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nurse Case Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 871 salaries. An experienced Nurse Case Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 965 salaries. A Nurse Case Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 741 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,173

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

The three biggest American cities also offer the biggest paychecks — professionals in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago earn more on average than Nurse Case Managers in the rest of the country. Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Charlotte and 7 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Nurse Case Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Nurse Case Manager

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 333 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Nurse Case Manager Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$69,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries

▲5%




▲1%

▲1%


Hospice
▼0%

Quality Improvement / QA
▼0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼0%

National Average
$69,000


▼3%


▼5%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 333 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 16%