The average wage for a Certified Medical Coder (CMC) is $15.82 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Total Pay (?
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$25,113 - $51,964
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MEDIAN: $37,331
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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Total Pay (?
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$11.23 - $21.88
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,113 - $51,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,560  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $3,052  
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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$24,265 - $49,151  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $21.88  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $32.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,560  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $3,052  
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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$24,265 - $49,151  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 695
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
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Houston
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Dallas
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$34,000
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

Billing
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Medical Coding
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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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National Average
$34,000
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Gender
Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 22%
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