Authorization Specialist Salary

Most Authorization Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.65 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,670 - $50,925
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,110
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$11.80 - $18.41
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$12
$15
$18
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,670 - $50,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,486  
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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$24,994 - $41,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$17.33 - $30.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,486  
   
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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$24,994 - $41,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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Job Description for Authorization Specialist

An authorization specialist usually works for a company that deals with insurance claims, such as a hospital, automotive shop, or private medical practice. The authorization specialist will take insurance information from clients and will determine if authorization is necessary for the services that are needed.

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Authorization Specialist Tasks

  • 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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Popular Skills for Authorization Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Data Entry, Medical Terminology, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Billing. For most people, competency in Insurance indicates knowledge of 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $33K. Authorization Specialists see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $36K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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What is it like working as an Authorization Specialist?

Authorization Specialist in Winchester:
"Bad office management Love helping people."
Pros: Helping patients, talking to new people all the time, I love when I am on the phone with a nasty person and I change their attitude by being really nice. Learning, I am always learning new things about the medical field.
Cons: Office manager!!! Some physicians feel they are above employees and we are all human beings and deserve respect and kindness. I feel like sometimes the bottom line financially is all that matters and peoples lives should matter more than the $3 copay they still owe.

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Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
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National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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