Discharge Planner Salary

Average Discharge Planners in the United States make around $20.34 per hour. Earnings sit near $13.15 per hour on the lower side but can approach $31.97 on the higher side. The vast majority of Discharge Planners (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Discharge Planners is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,791 - $64,962
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,168
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$13.15 - $31.97
(Median)
$13
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,791 - $64,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
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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$28,805 - $66,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $31.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
   
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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$28,805 - $66,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Job Description for Discharge Planner

Discharge planners serve an important role in caring for a patient who has been receiving treatment within a health care facility. Patients are often uncertain about how to continue the recovery process, and it is the discharge planner's responsibility to resolve this confusion by providing patients with step-by-step road maps of how to proceed to care for themselves properly.

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Discharge Planner Tasks

  • Communicate with third party payer case management and provide documentation as required.
  • Collaborate with patients, families, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to facilitate post-hospitalization health care services.
  • Coordinate the discharge planning and placement of the patient.
  • Research and negotiate patient needs or other resources during discharge process.

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Pay by Experience Level for Discharge Planner

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


Discharge Planners with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Discharge Planners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Discharge Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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