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Nurse Case Manager Salary

The larger portion of Nurse Case Managers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $65K per year. Compensation ranges between $50K and $84K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $50K and hits $84K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. For the most part, Nurse Case Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$50,349 - $81,861
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$50K
$65K
$82K
MEDIAN: $64,879
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$22.65 - $40.88
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$23
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$41
MEDIAN: $30
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,349 - $81,861  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,034  
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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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$49,764 - $84,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,169
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Hourly Rate
$22.65 - $40.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.41  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,034  
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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$49,764 - $84,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,197
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Job Description for Nurse Case Manager

Nurse case managers are registered nurses with at least an associate's degree in nursing (some employers prefer a bachelor's or master's degree). In addition to education, nurse case managers must also be licensed in the state of practice. Generally, nurse case managers have at least two years of experience as a floor nurse providing direct patient care before they move into the role of case management. Nurse case managers are employed in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, and prison facilities. They work with patients to determine placement when additional services are needed, such as rehabilitation, social services or mental health services. Nurse case managers assess each patient's needs individually and develop a care plan for that specific patient. Nurse case managers are knowledgeable about local resources, which they integrate into the care of the patient. Organization is essential because the case load at any given time may be quite large. They also conduct admission and discharge planning for patients, which may involve coordination of hospital, hospice, rehab and home-bound patients. Nurse case managers must be aware of different insurance plans and the services each covers. Case managers may work a variety of shifts as needed to meet patient care. They work directly with the staff nurses, physicians and other health care personnel to coordinate services for optimal cost savings and benefit to the patient.


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 $84K annually. Nurse Case Managers go on to become Utilization Review Registered Nurses more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $62K. Nurse Case Managers who move into a Clinical Nurse Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $72K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager


Aetna, Inc., Humana, Inc., United Healthcare Group, Coventry Health Care, and UnitedHealth Group are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Nurse Case Managers. For Nurse Case Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Genex Services Incorporated; in fact, average earnings are around $75K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($49K versus $96K) is great. Other big spenders include St. Paul's Travelers, WellPoint, Inc., and Molina Healthcare, Inc., top-paying firms where Nurse Case Managers see paychecks nearing $75K, $73K, or $73K.

With a median salary of $53K, Home Health and Hospice Care provides Nurse Case Managers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $67K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Amerigroup Corporation ($57K), Humana, Inc. ($64K), and V.A. Medical Center ($68K).

Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager


Nurse Case Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Utilization Review, Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Birthing, and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatric, and Hospice. Most people skilled in Acute Care are similarly competent in Utilization Review (UR) and Home Health/Home Care. Skill sets containing Case Management also tend to include Home Health/Home Care and Utilization Review (UR).

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Case Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Nurse Case Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. On average, Nurse Case Managers make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Nurse Case Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Nurse Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charleston, 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Indianapolis (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
$65,000



Skills That Affect Nurse Case Manager Salaries


Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Geriatrics
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics
up arrow 3%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 4%

Hospice
up arrow 4%


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 632 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 16%