Surgical Coordinator Salary
Job Description for Surgical Coordinator
Surgical coordinators are responsible for all aspects of pre-operation activities for their medical facility. This work typically includes following a patient through many stages of preparatory work. Once a patient’s surgical needs have been identified, surgical coordinators work with their facility to secure a surgical schedule for the patient. They ensure that any necessary administrative clearance for the surgery to proceed is obtained. Additionally, surgical coordinators work with the patient’s insurance company to obtain all necessary documents and authorization for payment; they also work directly with the patient, answering questions, confirming the schedule, and determining payment methods. Surgical coordinators also maintain the surgeons’ schedules.Read More...
Surgical coordinators work in an office environment (if they are privately employed by a surgeon or collective of surgeons) or in a hospital. They interact directly with patients on a daily basis, as well as work closely with doctors both in their own office and at hospitals. Private surgical coordinators may be required to physically travel to a hospital to resolve issues. Minimal supervision is typical in this position, as a wide degree of latitude is needed to resolve the complicated and changing scheduling and surgical needs of patients and hospitals. In larger hospital settings, surgical coordinators may manage a staff to handle the volume of work. In private settings, surgical coordinators typically work alone.
Hospital surgical coordinators are often required to hold an associate’s degree in business, nursing, or a related field. Private surgical coordinators are generally required to a high school diploma and some related or clerical experience. Candidates must have specific medical industry and terminology knowledge, and they may be required to hold a nursing license.
Surgical Coordinator Tasks
- Complete preoperative paperwork and obtain patient signatures
- Set surgery dates with patients that fit within doctor's schedule.
- Prepare information for patient
- Ensure all preoperative testing is scheduled
Common Career Paths for Surgical Coordinator
Surgical Coordinators who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Registered Nurses on average earn $56K per year. Becoming an Office Manager of a Medical Office or an Office Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Surgical Coordinators.
Surgical Coordinator Job Listings
Search for more jobs:
Popular Skills for Surgical Coordinator
Surgical Coordinators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Organizing, Surgical coding, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Terminology, Surgery, and Patient Education. Most people skilled in Organizing are similarly competent in Insurance.
Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Coordinator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. Surgical Coordinators see a median salary of $41K 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 higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Surgical Coordinators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Surgical Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Miami and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.