Patient Advocate Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Patient Advocates — roughly two-fifths, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $35K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Patient Advocates claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,371 - $60,924
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,960
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$11.29 - $22.02
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,371 - $60,924  
   
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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$25,222 - $54,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.29 - $22.02  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $35.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$25,222 - $54,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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 offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $28K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $19K to $42K.

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 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 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.


For many Patient Advocates, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $33K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $37K. Patient Advocates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $51K on average.

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 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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 6%

Insurance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Knowledge of Medicaid & Medicare
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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