How much does a Case Manager make in the United States?

Average Case Manager Salary

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$2,774/week

This is 13% lower than the travel nursing US average of $3,147.

Estimate based on 3608 active jobs in the last 90 days.

What is a Case Management RN?

Case management RNs are instrumental in ensuring patients’ needs are met in the most effective ways by creating and implementing comprehensive patient care plans. Although this specialty is primarily administrative, it’s become an invaluable asset to both healthcare facilities and patients. The overall duties of a case management RN are complex and change based on the patient and work setting. Due to this complexity, the salary for a case management RN is typically generous and other factors can boost it further.

Case management nurses are registered nurses who specialize in coordinating the overall care of individual patients. They typically work long-term with patients recovering from severe injuries or illnesses or who are suffering from chronic diseases. RN case managers primarily act as patients’ advocates while collaborating with other medical professionals to devise the best long-term health care plans.

Case managers must complete the educational requirements to become registered nurses, which necessitates earning a degree. While some employers accept case management candidates with associate degrees, most prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Some even favor applicants with master’s degrees, so advanced education may be advisable. Graduates at every level must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become RNs.

How a Case Management RN salary is based

Most employers only hire case manager RNs with hands-on case management experience. You generally need at least two years of experience working in a clinical setting to increase your job prospects. Also, the more experience you have, the higher your salary tends to be. A case management RN relatively new to the field can’t expect to earn as much as one with a decade or more of experience. As your years of experience grows, so should your base salary.

As you acquire more experience, you should also be gaining additional skills. Effective case managers hone their clinical skills along with soft skills like communication, time management, problem-solving, decision-making, and organizational skills. Strong leadership skills are especially needed to succeed and can greatly influence the basis of your case manager salary.

Nearly all medical facilities employ case management nurses, so you could work in a wide range of settings. However, some work settings may pay better than others. Besides job location, physical location can make a huge difference in a case management RN’s base salary. Certain areas of the country historically pay nurses more, such as the West Coast and the New England states, but higher-paying locales also tend to have higher costs of living. Urban areas tend to pay more than rural areas, no matter which area you’re in.

How to increase your Case Management RN salary

If you currently have a BSN, consider earning an advanced degree. Look for a Master of Science in Nursing program offering a case management track. The case manager specialty is ideal for nurses wanting to advance into a leadership position and an advanced degree can help with this goal. Gaining advanced education should also bump up your salary.

Although a healthcare facility may not require professional certification, many hospitals and insurance companies like to see it. Studies have shown that certified nurses earn higher salaries than those who aren’t certified. Thus, earning certifications can also give your salary a major boost while increasing your career prospects.

The American Case Management Association offers Accredited Case Manager certification specifically for health delivery system case managers and transitions of care case management professionals. To sit for the exam, you must have at least one year or 2,080 hours of supervised, paid Health System Case Management experience, or be employed in a role that falls within the parameters of a case manager. Exam applicants with less than two years of experience must also attach a declaration from a supervisor stating they have at least one year of supervised case management experience.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center also offers Nursing Case Management Certification (CMGT-BC). This competency-based board certification exam confirms you possess the clinical knowledge and skills of an RN in the case management specialty. You must have two years of full-time RN experience, including a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice and 30 hours of continuing education in nursing case management.

Where do Case Management Nurses get paid the most?

StateAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Oregon$3,348$5,751
Iowa$3,312$4,560
Rhode Island$3,279$6,307
Georgia$3,190$4,864
Alaska$3,184$4,718
Indiana$3,174$5,054
South Dakota$3,116$3,815
Connecticut$3,100$4,279
Maine$3,095$4,039
Idaho$3,032$4,224

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What cities pay the most for Case Manager?

CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Red Bluff, California$5,641$6,624
Mesa, Arizona$5,294$5,294
Casa Grande, Arizona$5,287$5,287
Medford, Oregon$5,267$5,751
Marlborough, Massachusetts$4,837$4,951
Fort Wayne, Indiana$4,497$5,054
Fort Pierce, Florida$4,410$4,410
Sun City West, Arizona$4,338$5,460
Manchester, Connecticut$4,279$4,279
Tucumcari, New Mexico$4,158$4,158

Top Case Manager Jobs

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Travel Nurse RN - Case Management
Portland, Oregon
Stability Healthcare
16 hours ago
ASAP13 wks5x8 hrsDays
$3,632/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Case Management
New York, New York
Stability Healthcare
16 hours ago
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$3,218/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Case Management
Winchester, Virginia
Focus Staff
16 hours ago
Dec 613 wks3x12 hrs
$3,107/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Case Management
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Stability Healthcare
16 hours ago
ASAP13 wks6x8 hrsDays
$2,819/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Case Management
Ukiah, California
Stability Healthcare
16 hours ago
ASAP13 wks5x8 hrsDays
$2,054/wk
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What are the highest paying Agencies for Case Manager jobs?

Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Blu Medstaff$4,560$4,560
ADN Healthcare$4,504$5,387
CrossMed$4,410$4,410
NuWest Travel Nursing$4,231$4,231
SkyBridge Healthcare$4,128$4,128
Bestica$4,121$4,208
Medical Staffing Options$3,967$5,294
Tact Medical Staffing$3,806$3,978
WalkerHealthcare$3,800$3,800
Gale Healthcare Solutions$3,746$6,307