Most Credentialing Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.29 per hour. Cash earnings for Credentialing Specialists — including $6K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $52K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Credentialing Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,562 - $55,823
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$31K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,573
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$13.52 - $22.88
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$14
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,562 - $55,823  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,884  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $6,926  
Total Pay (?
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$28,856 - $51,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $22.88  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $34.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,884  
   
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $6,926  
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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$28,856 - $51,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,026
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Job Description for Credentialing Specialist

Credentialing specialists usually work in a medical facility, such as a hospital, clinic, or private practice, while some work at agencies which provide services to various medical providers. These specialists ensure that medical staff members' credentials and licenses are valid and up-to-date; when dates for renewal are approaching, the specialist should advise the medical staff as to what steps must be taken, and they may also be tasked with researching potential new employees to ensure that they possess the necessary licenses and credentials.

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Credentialing Specialist Tasks

  • Correspond with medical staff to obtain information or inform them of credentialing status or changes.
  • Maintain records of applications and verification letters.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Evaluate information on applications to verify completeness and accuracy.

Common Career Paths for Credentialing Specialist


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Credentialing Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Credentialing Manager, where median compensation is $52K annually. Becoming a Credentialing Coordinator or a Medical Staff Coordinator is often the next step for a Credentialing Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Credentialing Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Customer Relations, Medical Coding, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Billing, Data Entry, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Credentialing are also skilled in Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Credentialing Specialist

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


Credentialing Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,738

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With a pay rate for Credentialing Specialists that is 23 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Credentialing Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+12 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Spokane is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Boca Raton (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Credentialing Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Credentialing Specialist?

Credentialing Specialist in Denver:
"I learn new things all the time and it keeps me very busy."
Pros: Getting approved for contracts and enrollments.
Cons: Doing many jobs at one low pay scale.

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Experience Affects Credentialing Specialist Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Credentialing Specialist Salaries

Insurance
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Customer Relations
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Medical Coding
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Medical Terminology
0%

National Average
$38,000

Medical Credentialing
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Credentialing
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HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 16%

Billing
up arrow 17%

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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