Referral Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Referral Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.37 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.58 per hour and $18.76. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Referral Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,344 - $47,084
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,704
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$11.58 - $18.76
(Median)
$12
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,344 - $47,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,244  
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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$24,460 - $40,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $18.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$2.30 - $26.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,244  
   
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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$24,460 - $40,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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 results imply that Referral Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Medical Coding, Insurance, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $32K. Referral Specialists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Referral Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Referral Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 15%

Medical Coding
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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