Most Certified Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $20.83 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Certified Coding Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,559 - $66,325
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$31K
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$66K
MEDIAN: $44,657
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$14.62 - $30.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,559 - $66,325  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,139  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$30,740 - $65,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $30.96  
   
Overtime
$8.56 - $49.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,139  
   
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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$30,740 - $65,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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 typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Current Procedural Terminology Coding, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Most people skilled in Current Procedural Terminology Coding are similarly competent in 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.


For many Certified Coding Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,461

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Coding Specialists, 40 percent above the national average. Certified Coding Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+27 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+22 percent).

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Experience Affects Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries




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$44,000


Skills That Affect Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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