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Patient Advocate Salary

The median total income of Patient Advocates is around $36K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (around two-fifths, in fact) comes from commissions. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Patient Advocates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Patient Advocates who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,220 - $61,947
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,173
10%
50%
90%

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$11.17 - $22.28
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$29,220 - $61,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
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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$25,016 - $57,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $35.24  
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 - $4,949  
   
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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$25,016 - $57,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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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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Popular Skills for Patient Advocate


Survey results suggest that Patient Advocates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Problem Solving, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 20 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Patient Education. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $36K. Patient Advocates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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 45%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 47%

Problem Solving
up arrow 20%

Sales
up arrow 12%

Insurance
up arrow 7%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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