Patient Advocate Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Patient Advocates — two in five, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $35K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. For the most part, Patient Advocates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,318 - $61,425

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$11.32 - $22.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,318 - $61,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$25,264 - $55,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $22.07  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $35.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$25,264 - $55,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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 Employer Salaries for Patient Advocate


Cardon Healthcare, Inc reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $28K) but some workers make up to $42K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Patient Advocate


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Problem Solving, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare, Customer Service, and Patient Education. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


For many Patient Advocates, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $37K. Patient Advocates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $51K.

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 43%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 48%

Problem Solving
up arrow 21%

Sales
up arrow 13%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 7%

Insurance
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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