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. Earnings generally vary between $11.58 per hour and $18.76. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Referral Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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 suggest that Referral Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Medical Coding, Insurance, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Scheduling and Customer Service. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. For Referral Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Referral Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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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