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Nurse Case Manager Salary

Women comprise the majority of Nurse Case Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $65K per year on average. Earnings sit near $50K on the lower side but can approach $85K per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation for Nurse Case Managers runs from $50K to $85K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$50,691 - $82,640
(Median)
$51K
$65K
$83K
MEDIAN: $65,478
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$22.93 - $41.19
(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
$50,691 - $82,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,090  
Profit Sharing
$98.87 - $4,750  
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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$50,250 - $85,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.93 - $41.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.98  
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 - $5,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.87 - $4,750  
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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$50,250 - $85,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185
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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. An Utilization Review Registered Nurse role is the most common promotion for Nurse Case Managers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $62K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Nurse Case Managers is a Clinical Nurse Manager position, where earnings are usually $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Nurse Case Managers, Aetna, Inc., United Healthcare Group, UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., and WellPoint, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Genex Services Incorporated — the median salary there is $75K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $49K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $94K. Other leaders in compensation levels are St. Paul's Travelers at $75K, Molina Healthcare, Inc. at $73K, and UnitedHealth Group, where Nurse Case Managers annually earn $71K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Home Health and Hospice Care — median pay is $53K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $41K and only reaching $67K. Also approaching the lower end are Amerigroup Corporation at $57K, Humana, Inc. at $65K, and V.A. Medical Center at $68K.

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. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Nurse Case Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Nurse Case Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Nurse Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 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
$66,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
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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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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Acute Care
0%

Medicine / Surgery
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Obstetrics
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National Average
$66,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 584 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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