Patient registration specialists are typically among the first people patients meet when visiting medical facilities. They assist patients in completing paperwork that will be entered into electronic medical records systems. Commonly known as enrollment specialists or admissions clerks, they may also schedule patients for treatments, answer phones, field questions, review patient information and take on other clerical duties as needed.
Earnings in Admissions
As of 2012, the average information clerk earned $27,050 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But this figure accounts for all front desk staff, regardless of employment setting. Those working for general medical hospitals earned closer to $28,670 annually. A survey by Office Team, a national recruiter for administrative support, provides similar figures, finding that patient registration specialists earned anywhere from $26,750 to $34,750 to start in 2013.
As with any career, earnings vary by location. Those in Phoenix, Arizona, for example, earn roughly eight percent more than the national average, bringing salaries to a range of $28,890 to $37,530 a year. In Atlanta, Georgia, salaries are about five percent more than average, so patient registrations specialists can expect to earn $28,088 to $36,488 in 2013. In Duluth, Minnesota, salaries are nearly 21 percent less than average, bringing earnings for patient registrations specialists down to $21,293 to $27,661.
Besides location, salaries can vary by skills and certifications, as employers often offer additional pay for more qualified candidates. With multilingual abilities, a patient registration specialist can earn 10 percent more a year, or from $29,425 to $38,225, notes Office Team. With professional certifications, salaries often increase by six to eight percent, bringing earnings to anywhere from $28,335 to $37,530.
The BLS expects employment for patient registration specialists to grow by as much as 11 percent through 2020, just under the predicted national average of 14 percent for all U.S. occupations. With a reported 37,400 admissions clerks working in general medical hospitals, the 11 percent growth rate works out to more than 4,100 new jobs over the course of a decade. Expect additional openings to develop as patient registration specialists retire or leave the industry.
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