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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Certified Medical Coders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.28 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair portion and dental insurance is reported by more than half. For the most part, Certified Medical Coders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in 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  
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  
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 may not experience a change in pay as they move on to an upper-level role like Medical Records Coder. Medical Records Coders usually make $33K.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Survey takers who work as Certified Medical Coders usually report a few specific 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 pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records. 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 many Certified Medical Coders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $33K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $35K. Certified Medical Coders bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 of $42K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over one in five 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 roughly a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$35,000
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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Medical Coders, 46 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Fort Worth, Houston, and Jacksonville, where Certified Medical Coders typically earn around 33 percent, 19 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent more than usual.

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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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National Average
$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%