Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salary

Most Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $20.92 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $45,465
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,124 - $67,301  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$31,169 - $65,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $30.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$8.68 - $42.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$31,169 - $65,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 346

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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

  • 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.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

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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, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Medical Coding, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Most people familiar with Current Procedural Terminology Coding also know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Certified Coding Specialists. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Certified Coding Specialists see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Certified Coding Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,868

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Certified Coding Specialists in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Certified Coding Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), Miami (+26 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+21 percent).

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Key Stats for Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

▲36%

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$45,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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