An average Discharge Planner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.66 per hour. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Discharge Planners is high. Women make up the vast majority of Discharge Planners (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,165 - $61,519
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MEDIAN: $44,659
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$12.71 - $30.18
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,165 - $61,519  
   
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$27,037 - $62,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.71 - $30.18  
   
Overtime
$25.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$27,037 - $62,055  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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Job Description for Discharge Planner

Discharge planners are vital members of a hospital’s patient care team. Although they do not provide direct medical care to patients, they do work with medical staff to ensure a smooth transition back to normal life, or to out-patient care, for patients being discharged from in-hospital care.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Discharge Planners — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. Discharge Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Discharge Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

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Experience Affects Discharge Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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