Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

The average pay for a Certified Medical Coder (CMC) is $18.04 per hour. A skill in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$29,432 - $62,514
$29K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,457
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$13.39 - $25.30
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MEDIAN: $18.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,432 - $62,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$28,251 - $55,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $25.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.65 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$28,251 - $55,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 349

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Job Description for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Most of the transactions and payments processed by a hospital or clinic do not involve direct payments from patients. Rather, these institutions rely on payments from private and public insurance companies. The key to making these transactions run smoothly is having procedures, referrals, and lab work properly coded and classified so that insurers pay promptly. While an individual doctor’s office in a smaller practice may delegate this responsibility to an office manager, larger clinics or hospitals often hire certified medical coders (CMCs) to perform this work.

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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) 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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Medical Coder (CMC) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Medical Coder (CMC) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 260 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Medical Coder (CMC) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 127 salaries. An experienced Certified Medical Coder (CMC) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 118 salaries. A Certified Medical Coder (CMC) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 39 salaries.

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Key Stats for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

▲12%

▲11%

▲9%

National Average
$39,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
▲40%



National Average
$39,000


Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▼2%

▼5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 16%