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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 $19.81 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $13.76 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $29.15. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,825 - $65,005
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$65K
MEDIAN: $44,579
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$13.76 - $29.15
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,825 - $65,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $972  
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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$29,220 - $62,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $29.15  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $40.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $972  
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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$29,220 - $62,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354

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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 only report a few specific skills. 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 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Current Procedural Terminology Coding are also skilled in Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Coding Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $53K.

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 30%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 20%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Medical Coding
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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