Patient Advocate Salary

Patient Advocates in the United States take home an average $15.34 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Patient Advocates report high levels of job satisfaction. Patient Advocates who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,079 - $62,271
$30K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,258
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$11.81 - $21.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,079 - $62,271  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $7,708  
Commission
$10,050  
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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$25,563 - $54,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $21.73  
   
Overtime
$14.37 - $30.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$103.04 - $7,708  
   
Commission
$10,050  
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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$25,563 - $54,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 446

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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

  • Serve as intermediary between health care organization and patients, and patients' relatives in resolving patient care problems.
  • Prepare incident reports for potential legal issues.
  • Describe and interpret health care procedures and policies to patients.
  • Convey questions, complaints, problems, and concerns of patients to proper personnel.
  • Resolve patients' complaints and grievances.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Patient Advocate


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Conifer Health Solutions offers the most; Patient Advocates earn $33K on average there.

Popular Skills for Patient Advocate


Patient Advocates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Problem Solving, and Conflict Resolution are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Bilingual and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Bilingual.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. Patient Advocates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Patient Advocate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Patient Advocate?

Patient Advocate in Lancaster:
"Not worth the pay."
Pros: Assisting the patients, being able to solve their issues or concerns. I like that I am! Involved.
Cons: Not worth the pay. Do way more than the other patient advocate. Feel stressed all the time. I fee! Taken advantage of and used.

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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Key Stats for Patient Advocate

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Patient Advocate Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

▲8%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Case Management
▲50%

Problem Solving
▲23%

Conflict Resolution
▲21%

Sales
▲14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲12%

Customer Relations
▲10%

Medical Terminology
▲9%

Patient Counseling
▲7%

Patient Education
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

▼2%


Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare
▼5%

Microsoft Office
▼8%

Bilingual
▼11%

Scheduling
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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