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Long-Term Care Manager Job Description

Learn about the duties and responsibilities you’ll have as a long-term care manager.

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The Basics

  • What you’ll do: A long-term care manager oversees the provision of extended, ongoing services to individuals and groups. You’ll coordinate and maintain the day-to-day operations of larger care units, such as the staff at a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital, or for the caregivers within a clinic at the site of an emergency following a natural disaster. Management takes care of daily duties, in addition to ensuring quality of services and maintaining an up-to-date environment with a caring, efficient staff.
  • Where you’ll work: General medical and surgical hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, outpatient care centers
  • Degree you’ll need: Master’s or doctoral degree
  • Median annual salary: $104,280

What You’ll Do

Long-term care managers oversee the provision of extended, ongoing services to individuals as well as groups.

Becoming a long-term care manager opens up many possibilities for where you can choose to work. Potential roles include clinical manager, health information manager or nursing home administrator.

In any of these roles, you’ll be working with a large staff and population, acting as an important liaison between people and a facilitator of change. It’s your job to ensure high quality and smooth operations in your workplace.

Salaries by State

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places long-term care managers under medical and health services managers. Here are median annual salaries for these professionals by state:

Medical and Health Services Managers

National data

Median Salary: $104,280

Bottom 10%: $59,980

Top 10%: $195,630

Projected job growth: 31.5%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $82,610 $55,080 $143,710
Alaska $108,740 $64,110 $202,370
Arizona $105,970 $60,190 N/A
Arkansas $78,810 $52,620 $133,930
California $130,640 $63,600 N/A
Colorado $109,100 $65,940 $189,230
Connecticut $110,260 $73,650 N/A
Delaware $111,930 $74,070 N/A
District of Columbia $140,600 $89,220 N/A
Florida $95,810 $52,700 $181,280
Georgia $92,780 $43,590 $172,200
Hawaii $124,850 $78,360 N/A
Idaho $91,280 $48,580 $156,730
Illinois $106,880 $64,780 N/A
Indiana $92,220 $54,500 $160,150
Iowa $80,980 $56,490 $135,430
Kansas $89,090 $54,810 $151,930
Kentucky $84,390 $51,030 $148,740
Louisiana $94,800 $60,570 $162,350
Maine $92,630 $63,480 $140,250
Maryland $118,520 $77,960 $201,640
Massachusetts $118,750 $68,590 N/A
Michigan $95,640 $56,090 $169,770
Minnesota $101,560 $67,740 $163,530
Mississippi $87,960 $49,880 $158,980
Missouri $99,840 $61,260 $170,380
Montana $90,370 $61,720 $142,690
Nebraska $107,440 $66,530 N/A
Nevada $111,690 $66,610 $178,420
New Hampshire $103,310 $66,570 $195,700
New Jersey $116,630 $85,690 $183,010
New Mexico $108,870 $71,980 N/A
New York $134,310 $81,370 N/A
North Carolina $103,940 $69,710 $189,450
North Dakota $110,940 $68,950 N/A
Ohio $94,350 $57,310 $168,590
Oklahoma $83,040 $52,890 $151,080
Oregon $116,060 $68,850 N/A
Pennsylvania $96,110 $57,440 $165,300
Rhode Island $116,020 $72,630 N/A
South Carolina $94,600 $56,620 $165,370
South Dakota $101,320 $69,840 $149,330
Tennessee $93,270 $51,950 $165,360
Texas $100,320 $56,150 $171,790
Utah $90,950 $49,870 $183,610
Vermont $96,680 $60,750 $172,390
Virginia $109,790 $64,550 $176,240
Washington $119,380 $70,840 N/A
West Virginia $97,420 $58,020 $166,400
Wisconsin $106,020 $72,230 $177,960
Wyoming $95,980 $65,230 $150,360

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2029. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Career Advancement

Similar jobs at this level of education and advancement in the field include long-term care executive, clinical nurse specialist, and staff nurse. You’ll want to stay on top of any certification and licensing requirements and licensing renewals that your industry, workplace, or state may require.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Occupational Outlook Handbook