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Referral Specialist Salary

Referral Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.01 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Referral Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,064 - $50,633
(Median)
$25K
$32K
$51K
MEDIAN: $31,793
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$10.98 - $18.10
(Median)
$11
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,064 - $50,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
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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$23,682 - $40,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $18.10  
   
Overtime
$2.20 - $25.19  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
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).
)
$23,682 - $40,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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Job Description for Referral Specialist

Referral specialists typically work in office settings within the medical field, and are responsible for ensuring that a patient's insurance allows them to access the services of the specialist's health care provider. They also handle the pre-certification of procedures which require the approval of insurance companies. They generally report to an immediate supervisor, but larger practices may employ one specialist to oversee the others. An associate's degree and/or approximately two years of work experience are generally required for the position.

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Referral Specialist Tasks

  • Ensure that follow-up referral appointments and reports were kept and received.
  • Prepare medical records prior to patient visit.
  • Performs patient referrals and authorizations by completing and submitting documents and discussing with providers, insurance carriers and patients.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries and medical consultations.
  • Maintain referral records and report on data.

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Referral Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Customer Service, Insurance, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling, Insurance, and Customer Service. Employees educated in Customer Service are typically practiced in Insurance, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. Referral Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Referral Specialists report making only $30K on average.

Referral Specialist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Referral Specialist in Denver:
"Knowledge."
Make sure that you know your insurances and how they function. Keep up on all changes in the insurance systems so that you keep up.

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Experience Affects Referral Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000



Scheduling
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%