Nurse Case Manager Salary
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.
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.Read More...
The nurse case manager should work with patients and their providers to determine what sort of care is needed. It is also important to communicate with the health insurance company of the patient, in order to determine eligibility for certain treatments or programs. Each case should be looked at individually and reviewed in order to determine if changes need to be made. Also, it may be part of the job to help the patient acquire health services. In some settings, the nurse case manager will personally perform exams and evaluations on the patient. In creating a plan, patient ability and needs need to be considered. Within the plan, the nurse may include treatment methods, medication, nutrition, and exercises that need to be carried out by the patient.
Some jobs require a minimum of an associate’s degree in nursing, while others will require a registered nurse degree. A nurse case manager will be expected to have had practical, clinical experience. A valid nursing or registered nurse license is required. The nurse case manager should be proficient and comfortable with using a computer, as research, communication, and data entry will have to be performed.
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
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
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.
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