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Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary (United States)

Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $19.44 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges between $13.43 per hour and $27.57. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Certified Coding Specialists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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  
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  
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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Certified Coding Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

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Baltimore
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$41,000
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Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Certified Coding Specialists in Miami receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

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%