Authorization Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Authorization Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.34 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Authorization Specialists. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,367 - $54,166
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$54K
MEDIAN: $36,878
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$12.02 - $19.02
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$0$54K
Salary $24,367 - $54,166
Bonus $151.01 - $3,003
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$25,123 - $41,787
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $12.02 - $19.02
Overtime $15.29 - $26.36
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $151.01 - $3,003
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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$25,123 - $41,787
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 504

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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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Popular Skills for Authorization Specialist


Authorization Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Terminology, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Most people skilled in Insurance are similarly competent in Customer Service.

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: $32,766

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Authorization Specialists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Authorization Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Santa Ana (+16 percent), Detroit (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tallahassee, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Richmond and Fort Myers earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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.

Authorization Specialist in San Diego:
Pros: I am always learning something new about RV'S.
Cons: WAGE.

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Key Stats for Authorization Specialist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries

▲10%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$33,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries




National Average
$33,000

Insurance
▼1%

Customer Service
▼1%

Billing
▼2%

Data Entry
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 20%
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