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 $20.36 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.08 per hour on the low end to $30.48 on the high end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Certified Coding Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,238 - $64,159
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$64K
MEDIAN: $45,165
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$14.08 - $30.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,238 - $64,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$307.23  
Total Pay (?
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$29,883 - $64,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $30.48  
   
Overtime
$20.94 - $43.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$307.23  
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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$29,883 - $64,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 410
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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)


Survey takers who work as Certified Coding Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding, and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those educated in Current Procedural Terminology Coding tend to be well versed in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $39K. Certified Coding Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $60K.

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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