Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Most Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $19.97 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $13.95 per hour and $29.32. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Certified Coding Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,717 - $63,360

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$13.95 - $29.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,717 - $63,360  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $972  
Total Pay (?
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$29,457 - $62,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $29.32  
   
Overtime
$20.54 - $41.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$29,457 - $62,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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)


Job skills reported by Certified Coding Specialists are limited. Lucky workers who know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 22 percent. Those familiar with Current Procedural Terminology Coding also tend to 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.


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 $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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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Medical Coding
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
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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