Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Medical Coders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.43 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.93 per hour on the low end to $23.22 on the high end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Medical Coders. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,082 - $51,371
(Median)
$25K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,274
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$11.93 - $23.22
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,082 - $51,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
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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$25,019 - $50,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $23.22  
   
Overtime
$16.15 - $32.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
   
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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$25,019 - $50,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


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Certified Medical Coders who transition into an upper level Certified Professional Coder position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Professional Coder makes $36K a year.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Professional skills reported by Certified Medical Coders are few in number. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Medicaid & Medicare Billing, Billing, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records. It is often found that people who know Billing are also skilled in Medicaid & Medicare Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

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


Certified Medical Coders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Certified Medical Coders see a median income of $33K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Coders make a median salary of $40K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Medical Coders with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

Medical Coding
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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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Billing
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National Average
$35,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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