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Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Coding Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $19.83 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $13.81 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $29.17. 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,825 - $65,005
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$30K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,579
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$13.81 - $29.17
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,825 - $65,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
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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$29,300 - $62,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $29.17  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $40.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
   
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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$29,300 - $62,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Current Procedural Terminology Coding are similarly competent in Medical 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 $43K. Certified Coding Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 30%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 14%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Medical Coding
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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