Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Most Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $20.36 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $14.08 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $30.48. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Certified Coding Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,238 - $64,159
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MEDIAN: $45,165
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$14.08 - $30.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,238 - $64,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$307.23  
Total Pay (?
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$29,883 - $64,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $30.48  
   
Overtime
$20.94 - $43.09  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.23  
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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$29,883 - $64,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 410
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Job Description for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

The certified coding specialist (CCS) takes information from doctors, internists, and other medical professionals; they then apply medical coding for billing procedures applying to private and government-based insurers. Accurate and precise coding of procedures and treatments may help shorten reimbursement times for their employer and clients.

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Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Tasks

  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.

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Popular Skills for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)


Certified Coding Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding, and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Current Procedural Terminology Coding also know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Certified Coding Specialists. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. Certified Coding Specialists bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $60K on average.

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National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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