Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $19.94 per hour for pay. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $13.97 per hour and $29.29. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Certified Coding Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,692 - $63,461
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,680
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$13.97 - $29.29
(Median)
$14
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$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,692 - $63,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
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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$29,477 - $62,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $29.29  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $40.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$29,477 - $62,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people who know Current Procedural Terminology Coding also know Medical Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding.

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 $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $44K. Certified Coding Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) 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
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%
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