Authorization Specialist Salary

An Authorization Specialist earns an average wage of $15.21 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
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$24,606 - $50,678
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$51K
MEDIAN: $36,373
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,606 - $50,678  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $2,465  
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$25,193 - $41,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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$12.02 - $18.59  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $27.39  
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Bonus
$148.99 - $2,465  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,193 - $41,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 427

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Authorization Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Authorization Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Authorization Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 289 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Authorization Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Authorization Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 127 salaries. An Authorization Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,538

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Authorization Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Authorization Specialist?

Authorization Specialist in Fairbanks:
"Demanding."
Pros: My job keeps me busy and in need for constant information, to keep up with the ever changing life of insurance.
Cons: Honestly, I love my job. I'm free to make my work flow at my own pace and work with lots of supportive people.

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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Key Stats for Authorization Specialist

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$33,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries




Insurance
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Customer Service
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National Average
$33,000

Billing
▼1%

Data Entry
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%