Clinical Manager Salary

Created by Henry Steele

By Henry Steele - April 15, 2018
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The following article discusses the career path of Clinical Manager. Learn about how to become one, education requirements, job duties, traits and qualities, national salary outlook as well as top national employers of Clinical Managers.

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Job Duties

Clinical managers have specialized in the management of medical offices and clinics, providing ongoing and primary care. Sometimes, they work in smaller organizations, where they will usually have the responsibility for the development and implementation of treatment strategies, prescriptions, and other elements of administration and scheduling. Essentially, it is their job to make sure that every element of scheduling and care is effective and organized.

In those cases where clinical managers work for larger facilities, they usually manage a department rather than the entire facility. Here, they will also manage non-specialist and non-physician personnel. They have the responsibility for keeping the department running properly, coordinating the schedules and operations. They also work with other department managers and nonclinical staff to make sure that all supplies and equipment are available to meet the treatment needs for the facility. Typically, they work during regular business hours.

Other duties of a clinical manager are:

  • To provide supervision to staff and direct them so they can deliver consistent, high-quality care
  • To be responsible for staff selection, retention, training, and development
  • To ensure budgets and operational resources are properly maintained
  • To develop care plans in line with resource availability
  • To hold responsibility for operational activities
  • To focus on compliance with state and federal regulations as well as professional standards

Where We Work

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 352,200 medical and health services managers in 2016. The largest employers of these professionals are:

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private 36%
  • Offices of physicians 11%
  • Nursing and residential care facilities 10%
  • Government 8%
  • Outpatient care centers 7%

How to Become

A clinical manager usually holds a bachelor’s degree as a minimum. That said, it is now becoming more common for a master’s degree to be requested by employers. Exact requirements do vary depending on where the clinical manager finds employment.

Education Requirements

Clinical managers tend to have some sort of advanced training in the field of management and how this relates to medical organizations. They are often nurses, holding Registered Nurse (RN) certification. In almost all cases, they have obtained their RN certification following the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, clinical managers usually have three to five years of professional experience in clinical work.

Traits & Qualities

The most effective clinical managers have the following traits to some degree or other:

– Excellent analytical skills
– Great communication skills
– Highly detail oriented
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Excellent leadership skills
– Good technical skills

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

National Salary

The national average salary estimate for Clinical Manager was $81,635. This number is estimated from over 826,836 employees, users past and present job advertisements from This equates to an hourly salary of $42.52 and monthly of $6,803.

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Salary Distribution

Salary by State

The following section lists Clinical Manager salaries in each state around the country. The figures are based on the total number of job postings through For example, US had the largest quoted salary of $81,635 while US had the smallest quoted salary of $81,635.

Top 20 National Employers

According to, the following states had employers looking to hire a Clinical Manager. The quoted salary figure represents the average salary from all job postings by this employer.

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Henry Steele
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Henry is Managing Editor of He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.

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