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. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$25,465 - $51,284
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MEDIAN: $37,007
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,465 - $51,284  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $2,494  
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$25,498 - $41,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $18.43  
   
Overtime
$17.65 - $27.55  
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$290.87 - $2,494  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,498 - $41,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Authorization Specialist

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

Authorization Specialist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
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Billing
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Medical Terminology
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Insurance
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Customer Service
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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