Patient Advocate Salary

Patient Advocates in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.39 per hour for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Patient Advocates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,254 - $61,204
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,013
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$11.52 - $21.88
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,254 - $61,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,909  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$25,288 - $54,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $21.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.23 - $32.47  
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
$0.00 - $4,909  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$25,288 - $54,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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


Conifer Health Solutions offers the largest salaries in town — $35K on average.


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Problem Solving, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare, and Customer Service. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Patient Advocate

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


Patient Advocates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Patient Advocates bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $46K.

Patient Advocate Reviews

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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Experience Affects Patient Advocate Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Patient Advocate Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 49%

Problem Solving
up arrow 22%

Sales
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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