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Patient Advocate Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Patient Advocates (two in five) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $36K. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Patient Advocates. Female Patient Advocates far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,069 - $62,668
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,435
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50%
90%

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$11.04 - $22.24
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,069 - $62,668  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,958  
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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$24,738 - $57,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $22.24  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $35.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,958  
   
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).
)
$24,738 - $57,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241

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Job Description for Patient Advocate

Patient advocates assist patients being treated at a medical facility, and they help answer any questions or concerns the patients may have regarding their care and the health care system. The patient advocate acts as a liaison, facilitating communication between the patient and medical professional during the patient's stay in the health care facility. The advocate's duties vary depending on their employer, but they generally include interacting with newly admitted patients, documenting and investigating patient complaints and issues, following up with patients, and performing analysis on the overall quality of care at their institution.

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Patient Advocate Tasks

  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.

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Patient Advocates generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Problem Solving, Sales, Insurance, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Patient Education is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


Patient Advocates generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $33K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $37K. For Patient Advocates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

Patient Advocate Reviews

What is it like working as a Patient Advocate?

Patient Advocate in baltimore md:
"Helping Patients Get Their Quality Of Life Back."
Pros: Working with our patients as a liaison between the medical staff and patients.
Cons: Frustration with not enough pay.

Patient Advocate in Rochester:
"I'm The Go-To Person For Our Patients."
Pros: I love educating our patients on good nutrition information. I also love working with kids.
Cons: Nothing

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Experience Affects Patient Advocate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Problem Solving
up arrow 20%

Sales
up arrow 12%

Insurance
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%