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Salary of a Medicaid Special Representative

by Rick Suttle

Medicaid special representatives assist people as they apply for Medicaid, determining who's eligible and how much they will receive. They also facilitate the application process by obtaining information from individuals by phone or in person and informing them which documents are required. If you want to become a Medicaid special representative, your salary will vary depending on the state in which you live.

Salary Between $45,000 and $50,000

The average salary of a Medicaid special representative was $47,000 in 2014, according to the job site Indeed. To qualify for this job, you need at least a bachelor's degree in human services or a related major. An associate degree with two years of experience may also suffice. Other important qualifications are analytical, organizational, math, customer service and computer skills.

Top Pay in New York

In 2014, average salaries for Medicaid special representatives varied most significantly in the West, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries, $31,000, in Hawaii and the highest salaries, $51,000, in California. Those in the Northeast made $41,000 to $57,000 in Maine and New York, respectively. If you worked as a Medicaid special representative in Louisiana or Washington, D.C., you would earn $41,000 to $56,000 per year, respectively, which were the lowest and highest salaries in the South. In the Midwest, you would average $52,000 in Illinois or $35,000 in South Dakota or Nebraska -- the highest and lowest salaries in that region.

Earn Less Than Insurance Agents

While Medicaid special representatives made $47,000 in 2014, according to Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average annual salaries of $63,400 for all insurance sales agents, as of May 2012. Average salaries for insurance agents were elevated by high salaries in the securities and commodities brokerage industry and outpatient care centers, according to May 2012 BLS data -- $92,170 and $81,840 per year, respectively. Insurance sales agents who worked for insurance companies earned $63,880, while those employed in the travel arrangement and recreation services industry made $50,270.

Average Job Growth

The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for Medicaid special representatives. It estimates a 10 percent increase in jobs for insurance sales agents from 2012 to 2022 -- an average growth rate. Jobs for insurance sales agents usually increase when the economy is strong, as more people are working and need insurance. Increases in online applications for health insurance may temper job growth to some extent. You may find more job opportunities as a Medicaid special representative because of population increases among aging baby boomers, who will need Medicaid as they age and become disabled.

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