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Authorization Specialist Salary

Most Authorization Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.45 per hour. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, about one in five claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,448 - $52,313
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$26K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,819
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$11.85 - $19.24
(Median)
$12
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,448 - $52,313  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,511  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,015 - $45,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $19.24  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $33.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,511  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$25,015 - $45,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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Job Description for Authorization Specialist

  • Ensure payment for services by verifying benefits with insurance provider.
  • Obtain, review and input insurance authorization and referrals prior to patient services.
  • Monitor and track patient authorizations, informing supervisor of any expired dates.
  • Interview and assist patients with authorization documents, as appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate logs or reports according to professional, state and federal requirements.

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Authorization Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Insurance, Medical Terminology, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Authorization Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Authorization Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Authorization Specialists see a median income of $30K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $31K. For Authorization Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Authorization Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $40K.

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Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries

Insurance
0%

National Average
$32,000

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 21%