Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Coding Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $19.68 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.65 per hour and $29.05. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Certified Coding Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,563 - $65,005
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$30K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,169
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$13.65 - $29.05
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,563 - $65,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,100  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $1,010  
Total Pay (?
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$28,909 - $62,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.65 - $29.05  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $40.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $1,010  
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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$28,909 - $62,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Current Procedural Terminology Coding are typically practiced in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

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


For Certified Coding Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Certified Coding Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. As Certified Coding Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 31%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 4%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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National Average
$42,000

Medical Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%