Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Certified Coding Specialists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $19.44 per hour. Pay ranges from $13.43 per hour on the low end to $27.57 on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary (?
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$29,261 - $62,284
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MEDIAN: $44,528
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Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary (?
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$13.43 - $27.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,261 - $62,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $983  
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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$28,364 - $60,882  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $40.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $983  
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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$28,364 - $60,882  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries are typically $37K, which grows to $42K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $46K after 10 to 20 years. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Certified Coding Specialists and pay is expected at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Miami
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Baltimore
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$41,000
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For Certified Coding Specialists, working in the bustling city of Miami has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Coding Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+19 percent) and Pittsburgh (+9 percent).

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$41,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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