Case Management

Credentials can make the difference in salary

Case Management Monthly, July 1, 2011

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The most common credential among case management department employees is RN (73%), followed by certified case manager (CCM) (26%) and accredited case manager (ACM) (8%).

There does appear to be a correlation between certain certifications and salary. Case management directors and supervisors who have an RN credential, on average, make $10,000 more than those who do not. Case management directors and supervisors who have a CCM credential make $20,000 more per year than their peers who do not, while SW case managers with a CCM credential earn an extra $15,000 per year. The CCM credential does not appear to affect RN case manager salaries, but RN case managers with an ACM credential earn about $5,000 more per year. SW case managers with an ACM credential make 50% more than SW case managers without it.

Although the results show a connection between credentials and an increase in salary, some respondents voiced their frustration at not being compensated for ­continuing education. "My facility offers no benefit or pay raise for becoming certified in anything," wrote one respondent.

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