Most Referral Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.67 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a majority collect vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Referral Specialists is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,664 - $42,284
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MEDIAN: $33,793
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$11.68 - $19.05
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,664 - $42,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$24,436 - $40,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $19.05  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $28.81  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$24,436 - $40,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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

  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries and medical consultations.
  • Maintain referral records and report on data.
  • Performs patient referrals and authorizations by completing and submitting documents and discussing with providers, insurance carriers and patients.
  • Ensure that follow-up referral appointments and reports were kept and received.
  • Prepare medical records prior to patient visit.

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Pay by Experience Level for Referral Specialist

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


Referral Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Referral Specialist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Referral Specialist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Referral Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000


Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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