Surgery Scheduler Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Surgery Schedulers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.49 per hour. The range in pay spans from $12.31 per hour to $19.79. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Surgery Schedulers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Surgery Scheduler Salary (?
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$26,072 - $46,363
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MEDIAN: $35,374
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Surgery Scheduler Salary (?
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$12.31 - $19.79
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,072 - $46,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,848  
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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$25,918 - $42,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $19.79  
   
Overtime
$13.88 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,848  
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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$25,918 - $42,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,104
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Job Description for Surgery Scheduler

Surgery schedulers oversee the administrative operations of a surgical theater. For many surgery schedulers, their duties involve making appointments, changing appointments, and canceling appointments. Additionally, they are responsible for payments and insurance processing. These professionals often work in an hospital or clinic environment, and they are expected to work well in stressful situations and display a high degree of efficiency at all times.
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Surgery Scheduler Tasks
  • Coordinate surgery procedures, surgeons, and equipment.
  • Perform clerical duties such as answering phones, maintaining records and accounts, and greeting patients.
  • Schedule surgical procedures by phone or in person.

Common Career Paths for Surgery Scheduler

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Additional career progression can lead to an increase in pay for Surgery Schedulers. Most commonly, those who move into an Medical Office Manager role can bring in an extra $4,213 per year.

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Popular Skills for Surgery Scheduler

Surgery Schedulers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Surgical coding and Insurance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 4 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Billing and Medical Terminology. Those familiar with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) also tend to know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgery Scheduler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Surgery Schedulers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $31K, which grows to $34K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $36K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Surgery Schedulers earning an average of $36K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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For Surgery Schedulers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Diego, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Portland, where Surgery Schedulers annually earn 17 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Erie is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Louisville (-10 percent) and Dayton (-3 percent).

Surgery Scheduler Reviews

What is it like working as a Surgery Scheduler?
Surgery Scheduler in Portsmouth:
"Exciting."
Pros: I enjoy learning new things, learning how procedures work, especially hands-on. I love being organized and working with my team to make things operate smoothly. I take great pride in helping my patients to feel better.
Cons: Rude people even when I continue to be kind.
Surgery Scheduler in Louisville:
"Rewarding, Detailed Oriented, Very Stressful."
Pros: The doctors, staff and patients.
Cons: Sitting on hold forever waiting for insurance companies to answer the phone to help with pre-certifications and benefits/eligibility.

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Experience Affects Surgery Scheduler Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Surgery Scheduler Salaries

Surgical coding
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Insurance
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Customer Service
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Scheduling
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$33,000
Medical Coding
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Medical Terminology
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Billing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%