Women account for the majority of Surgical Coordinators in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.13 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Coordinators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,163 - $63,233
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MEDIAN: $44,329
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,163 - $63,233  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $4,217  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
Commission
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,961 - $52,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $22.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$20.76 - $34.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$290.87 - $4,217  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$28,961 - $52,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 737

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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.

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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


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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.

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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

National Average: $37,005

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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What is it like working as a Surgical Coordinator?

Surgical Coordinator in Tyler:
"Surgical Coordinator description."
Pros: As a surgical coordinator, this position requires a lot of roles. You are hands on with the patient and also behind the scene with scheduling, verifying insurance, patient financing. Requires doing multiples things in an hour or less.
Cons: High demands from supervisors and patients financial issues.

Surgical Coordinator in Charleston:
"Your Ally Throughout Surgery."
Pros: I love to help patients feel comfortable and get excited about having surgery. I like to be there for them, and get to know them.
Cons: Making sure that I have enough time to get tasks complete. Feeling like I have to hurry so I don't get any over time.

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Experience Affects Surgical Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Coordinator Salaries

Organizing
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Patient Counseling
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Surgical coding
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$37,000

Scheduling
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Insurance
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Customer Service
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Patient Education
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Surgery
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Medical Terminology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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