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Referral Specialist Salary

Most Referral Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.11 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Referral Specialists. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,144 - $50,923
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$51K
MEDIAN: $32,660
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$10.84 - $17.79
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$11
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,144 - $50,923  
   
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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$23,624 - $40,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $17.79  
   
Overtime
$1.88 - $24.85  
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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$23,624 - $40,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Referral Specialists who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Customer Service, Insurance, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling and Insurance. Insurance is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $33K 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

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
up arrow 8%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
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Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%