Referral Specialist Salary

Referral Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.24 per hour for pay. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Referral Specialists is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,932 - $49,345

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$11.44 - $18.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,932 - $49,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$24,220 - $40,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $18.44  
   
Overtime
$2.18 - $25.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$24,220 - $40,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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 suggest that Referral Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Medical Coding, Insurance, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling and Customer Service. Customer Service and Insurance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Referral Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $30K.

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 4%

National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 9%

Medical Coding
up arrow 8%

National Average
$30,000

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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