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 $21.12 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Certified Coding Specialists is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,524 - $66,881
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MEDIAN: $44,722
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,524 - $66,881  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,128  
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$31,440 - $65,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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$14.91 - $30.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$12.42 - $42.64  
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$489.36 - $5,128  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,440 - $65,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 364

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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

  • 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.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

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Popular Skills for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)


Certified Coding Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Medical Coding, and Current Procedural Terminology Coding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Medical Records. Most people experienced in Current Procedural Terminology Coding also know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 233 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 85 salaries. An experienced Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 106 salaries. A Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 59 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,958

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Coding Specialists, 39 percent above the national average. Certified Coding Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Miami (+26 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent).

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Key Stats for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

▲37%

▲12%

▲7%

National Average
$45,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 18%
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