$36,934
Avg. Salary
$15.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$590

Bonus

$1,217

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Authorization Specialist is $15.50 per hour.

The average pay for an Authorization Specialist is $36,934 per year.

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$12.40
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$15.50
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$19.36
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MEDIAN $15.50
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$25k
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$37k
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$53k
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MEDIAN $36,934
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MEDIAN: $36,934
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$0$52K
Salary $24,849 - $52,842
Bonus $153 - $2,439
Profit Sharing $1,217
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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$25,916 - $42,090
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 121
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $12.40 - $19.36
Hourly Tips $0.15
Overtime $15.21 - $27.72
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $153 - $2,439
Profit Sharing $1,217
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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$25,916 - $42,090
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 995

Job Description for Authorization Specialist

An authorization specialist usually works for a company that deals with insurance claims, such as a hospital, automotive shop, or private medical practice. The authorization specialist will take insurance information from clients and will determine if authorization is necessary for the services that are needed.

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Authorization Specialist Tasks
  • Interview and assist patients with authorization documents, as appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate logs or reports according to professional, state and federal requirements.
  • Monitor and track patient authorizations, informing supervisor of any expired dates.
  • Ensure payment for services by verifying benefits with insurance provider.
  • Obtain, review and input insurance authorization and referrals prior to patient services.

Authorization Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Authorization Specialist


Survey results suggest that Authorization Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Terminology, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. Most people skilled in Insurance are similarly competent in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Authorization Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Authorization Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Authorization Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 289 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Authorization Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Authorization Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 127 salaries. An Authorization Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

10%

National Average: $33,023

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Authorization Specialists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Authorization Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Santa Ana (+17 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Tallahassee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Richmond (12 percent lower) and Fort Myers (10 percent lower).

Authorization Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Authorization Specialist?

Authorization Specialist in Eugene:
"Small town vibe."
Pros: It's beautiful, clean, green, friendly, and has a small town vibe
Cons: The growth in population isn't matching the growth of the city, homeless people, drugs

Authorization Specialist in Traverse City:
"Slower paced."
Pros: Slower paced
Cons: Pay

Authorization Specialist in Fairbanks:
"Demanding."
Pros: My job keeps me busy and in need for constant information, to keep up with the ever changing life of insurance.
Cons: Honestly, I love my job. I'm free to make my work flow at my own pace and work with lots of supportive people.

Authorization Specialist in Dallas:
"Describe what people can do to excel at this job."
Get reference numbers for everything.

Authorization Specialist in Wallingford:
"Do not wait to be acknowledged!"
If you know you truly did a good job, be contented that's as good as it gets. If there is a new specialist then I've left.

Authorization Specialist in Winchester:
"Bad office management Love helping people."
Pros: Helping patients, talking to new people all the time, I love when I am on the phone with a nasty person and I change their attitude by being really nice. Learning, I am always learning new things about the medical field.
Cons: Office manager!!! Some physicians feel they are above employees and we are all human beings and deserve respect and kindness. I feel like sometimes the bottom line financially is all that matters and peoples lives should matter more than the $3 copay they still owe.

Authorization Specialist in San Diego:
Pros: I am always learning something new about RV'S.
Cons: WAGE.

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Key Stats for Authorization Specialist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Authorization Specialist Salaries

▲10%

▲6%

▲4%

National Average
$33,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Authorization Specialist Salaries



National Average
$33,000


Insurance
▼2%

Customer Service
▼2%

Billing
▼2%

Data Entry
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 20%