Most Referral Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.58 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Referral Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,664 - $41,482
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$25K
$34K
$41K
MEDIAN: $33,664
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$11.66 - $18.92
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$12
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$24,664 - $41,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$24,405 - $40,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $18.92  
   
Overtime
$17.57 - $29.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Commission
$2,100  
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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$24,405 - $40,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $33K. Referral Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. 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 $32K on average.

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Experience Affects Referral Specialist Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
up arrow 7%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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