Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Certified Medical Coders in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.28 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.75 per hour on the low end to $23.49 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Coders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (?
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$25,218 - $51,712
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MEDIAN: $38,738
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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (?
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$11.75 - $23.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,218 - $51,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$24,753 - $50,515  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $23.49  
   
Overtime
$16.96 - $35.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$24,753 - $50,515  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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 do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. More often than not, top-notch roles like Medical Records Coder will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Certified Medical Coders who took the survey. Medical Coding is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Those educated in Billing tend to be well-versed 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.
For Certified Medical Coders, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $33K, which grows only modestly to $35K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $39K. After 20 years of work in the field, Certified Medical Coders typically earn $42K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Certified Medical Coders in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Fort Worth, Houston, and Jacksonville, top-paying markets where Certified Medical Coders rake in more than the national norm (+33 percent, +19 percent, +10 percent, and +6 percent).

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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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Billing
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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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$35,000
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 21%
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