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Patient Advocate Salary

Patient Advocates in the United States take home approximately $15.37 per hour on average. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Patient Advocates. Women make up the vast majority of Patient Advocates (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,876 - $62,481
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MEDIAN: $41,786
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$11.02 - $24.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,876 - $62,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,066  
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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$24,569 - $57,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $34.78  
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 - $4,066  
   
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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$24,569 - $57,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Patient Advocates who took the survey. Those who have experience with Patient Education, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Patient Education as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Patient Advocates. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $34K 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. Patient Advocates bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $53K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 47%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%