A patient accounts representative works with medical billing and insurance claims. She reviews each claim, makes appropriate adjustments and forwards the billing to the patient's insurance company. The patient accounts representative follows up on unpaid claims and contacts the insurance carrier to resolve any problems. Most patient accounts representatives earn at least $29,000 per year.
Patient accounts representatives have a median annual salary of $32,591 as of March 2011, according to Salary.com. That translates to about $15.70 per hour. The middle 50 percent of patient accounts reps on the earnings scale have yearly salaries of $29,517 to $36,302. The bottom 10 percent earn $26,718 and less, and the top 10 percent have yearly pay of $39,681 and higher.
The median salary of a patient accounts representative in Houston, Texas, at $32,479, is very close to the national median for this occupation, reports Salary.com. Some cities where patient accounts reps earn median annual salaries higher than the national median include Detroit, Michigan, at $33,920; Kennewick, Washington, at $34,378; Minneapolis, Minnesota, at $34,509; Methuen, Massachusetts, at $34,542; Anchorage, Alaska, at $37,357; and San Jose, California, at $39,289.
Median salaries for patient accounts representatives vary widely throughout the country, as shown by Salary.com. Patient accounts reps in El Dorado, Arkansas, for instance, have a median salary of $26,151 per year, while those in Salt Lake City, Utah, earn a median salary of $31,824 per year. Patient accounts representatives in Tucson, Arizona, earn $29,401 per year as a median salary; in Ottawa, Kansas, $30,514; in St. Joseph, Missouri, $30,678; in Frederick, Maryland, $31,240; and in Buffalo, New York, $31,464.
Hundreds of available positions for patient accounts representatives throughout the country are listed at Indeed.com in 2011. Posted pay rates range from about $9.80 to $15.80 per hour. Some organizations list benefits they provide, such as medical and dental insurance, a company-matched 401(k) plan, profit sharing, paid time off and tuition reimbursement.