Are you currently working as a case manager?
Are you making $75,000 or more a year?
The CCM recently released a new survey which reveals some fascinating facts about the growth of Certified Case Managers. As the healthcare world continues to become harder to navigate, the need for qualified case managers is growing rapidly.
As the survey points out, since the Affordable Care Act has become law, the number of case managers holding the CCM credential has risen from around 20,000 to more than 42,000. This is good news for the patients who rely on well-educated, dependable care coordinators to help guide them, and the hard working case managers themselves. Becoming a certified case manager is a win, win for all involved.
Here are just a few reasons to take that next step and become certified.
Increased Earning Potential
According to the latest CCM survey, released at the end of March 2017, the median average salary for Certified Case Managers is between $75,000 – $80,000 a year, well above the average RN or Social Worker salary. Even more interesting is that almost half (45%) earn over $80,000 a year!
Not only will you have more earning potential, but you will also be eligible for more employment opportunities.
More Employment Opportunities
Many employers are requiring certification.
As the CCM website shows, the numbers are increasing. In a ten year span from 2004 to 2014, the number of employers wanting certified case managers grew from 25.9% to 40.2%. Also, if you are considering working from home at some point, most of these positions require their case managers to have CCM certification.
Not only that, but according to the survey, “The professional growth trajectory for board certified case managers mirrors the value they bring patients, providers and payers”, which is a great indication that certified case managers are living up to their potential.
Let’s consider another reason to become certified.
You already know you enjoy being a case manager. You’re probably reading this because you are ready to take the leap to become certified. As with many other professions, there is something endearing about knowing you’ve completed the steps and can say you’re a certified case manager. Once you have studied for and passed the exam, having that certification will be an accomplishment you can be proud of for years to come.
So are you ready to get certified?
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I am working for a Non Profit Managed Care Company (CMA). I have been promoted to the Director of Outreach and Intake. I have several prior year of experience in Case Management at other agencies including Child protection for the City of New York. First, am I eligible to take the CCM exam? And secondly, will taking and passing the CCM exam increase my salary for my current position?
As we are not the ones that approve eligibility for the Exam you need to contact the Exam administrators at the CCMC Organization for further clarification on eligibility. Please contact them at CCMCertification.org This article only lists a couple of certifications primarily for RNs. If you go to this page https://nursesadvocates.com/resources/ there is a PDF you can download on Stepping Up to Certification, The Case Manager’s Guide to Certification which covers a whole lot more. Thank you for your question.
I have worked in the human service profession since my senior year in high school and I have done case management while I was in college (studied social work & graduated in 2018). I am currently working as a support planner at a support planning agency (almost a year now). I was wondering if you think I will be eligible to apply? Any tips/suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks
As far as eligibility goes you will need to contact the governing body ‘CCMC’ for eligibility and approval. Their information can be found here https://ccmcertification.org/get-certified/certification/ccmr-eligibility-glance If you are eligible then we offer a a book and several review courses that can be found here. https://casemanagementstudyguide.com/pass-the-ccm-exam/
Is having a certification in nurse case management more of a preference for employers or is it a requirement?
I am mainly interested in working as a permanent nurse case manager in workman’s compensation.
Generally speaking, it is a preference. But there are many employers that make it a requirement either upon hire or within a specified amount of time. I have never worked in Worker’s Compensation but have been told that many states require workers comp case managers to be certified.
I am in total agreement with the value of having a case management credential.
I wonder if the higher salary correlates with the fact that most case managers are, shall I say, more mature? The specialty is trying to attract younger case managers and I wonder what companies are paying for less experienced professionals? Thoughts?
I agree that since case management is not an entry level position and most companies want to attract “the cream of the crop” they are paying to attract and retain mature/experienced case managers. I believe that case management is a natural transition for many experienced nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. As long as mature/experienced professionals who have reached the salary cap at their previous position transition to CM, they will require the same pay or better when transitioning to CM.
I am going to take exam in August!
Pamela, wishing you good luck. I know you’ll do great.