Nurse Case Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $69K annually. Cash earnings for Nurse Case Managers — including $9K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $89K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Nurse Case Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$54,565 - $86,446
$55K
$69K
$86K
MEDIAN: $69,233
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$24.69 - $44.67
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$54,565 - $86,446  
   
Bonus
$498.09 - $9,274  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $12,045  
Total Pay (?
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$53,185 - $89,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,069
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$24.69 - $44.67  
   
Overtime
$28.99 - $67.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$498.09 - $9,274  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $12,045  
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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$53,185 - $89,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,182

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Director of Case Management. The latter position pays an average of $88K annually. Many Nurse Case Managers go on to become Case Managers or Utilization Review Registered Nurses despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $33K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Aetna, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Inc., Anthem, and Home Health and Hospice Care are top-notch employers for Nurse Case Managers in this area. For Nurse Case Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Corvel Corporation; in fact, average earnings are around $75K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($55K versus $102K) is great. Those in search of high salaries should also consider UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Inc., and DaVita Inc., top-paying firms where Nurse Case Managers rake in a respectable $74K, $73K, or $72K, respectively.

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. Cigna Corporation, V.A. Medical Center, and Humana, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $66K, $68K, and $69K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Emergency Room, Utilization Review, and Oncology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Psychiatric, Pediatrics, and Home Health/Home Care. Most people experienced in Utilization Review also know Acute Care. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Home Health/Home Care and 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $68K. Nurse Case Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. 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: $68,991

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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. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (9 percent lower) and Indianapolis (6 percent lower).

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
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 344 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Nurse Case Manager Salaries



National Average
$69,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries







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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 344 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
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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