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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Medical Coders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.30 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Medical Coders report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,652 - $51,784
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,760
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$11.80 - $22.66
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,652 - $51,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
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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$24,880 - $50,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $22.66  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $32.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
   
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).
)
$24,880 - $50,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 512

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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Professional Coder. On average, Certified Professional Coders get paid about the same as Certified Medical Coders do.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Survey results show that Certified Medical Coders typically report just a few professional skills. 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. Most people who know Billing also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $33K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $35K. Certified Medical Coders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $42K.

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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 93 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%