Nurse Case Manager Salary
Nurse Case Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Nurse Case Managers approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $90K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. For the most part, Nurse Case Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$55,212 - $87,231|
|Bonus||$504 - $8,343|
|Profit Sharing||$150.00 - $9,372|
|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).)
|$53,537 - $90,641|
|Hourly Rate||$24.81 - $45.38|
|Overtime||$30.54 - $68.16|
|Bonus||$504 - $8,343|
|Profit Sharing||$150.00 - $9,372|
|Total Pay (||$53,537 - $90,641|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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 $88K annually. Nurse Case Managers most often advance into Case Manager and Utilization Review Registered Nurse positions even though the median salaries are $33K lower and $6K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Nurse Case Manager
Nurse Case Managers fill the offices of leading firms UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Inc., Humana, Inc., Home Health and Hospice Care, and Anthem. Corvel Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $76K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $55K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $101K. Soaring salaries can also be found at UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Inc., and DaVita Inc., where earnings of $73K, $73K, or $72K are standard for Nurse Case Managers.
Pay for Nurse Case Managers is the lowest at Home Health and Hospice Care, which has a median salary of $53K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $67K. Other low-paying employers include V.A. Medical Center at $68K and Cigna Corporation at $69K, though some Nurse Case Managers there earn up to $103K.
Popular Skills for Nurse Case Manager
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Psychiatric, Pediatrics, and Home Health/Home Care. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Home Health/Home Care and Acute Care. Those who learned Utilization Review also tend to know 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
Nurse Case Managers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago — the three largest cities in the United States — make significantly more than the national average. Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Charlotte and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).
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