Referral Specialist Salary

Most Referral Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.16 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Referral Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,958 - $50,165
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,515
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$11.26 - $18.45
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$14
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,958 - $50,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
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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$24,052 - $40,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.26 - $18.45  
   
Overtime
$2.18 - $25.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
   
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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$24,052 - $40,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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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Survey takers who work as Referral Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Insurance, Customer Service, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling, Customer Service, and Insurance. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Referral Specialists make a median salary 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
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Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
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National Average
$30,000

Insurance
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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