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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (United States)

Most Certified Medical Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.35 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (?
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$25,265 - $51,734
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$11.81 - $23.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$25,265 - $51,734  
   
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$0.00 - $1,515  
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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$24,837 - $50,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $23.33  
   
Overtime
$16.74 - $35.62  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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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$24,837 - $50,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
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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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For Certified Medical Coders, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Certified Medical Coders earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Medical Records Coder.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Most people skilled in Billing are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $33K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $35K. Certified Medical Coders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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With a pay rate for Certified Medical Coders that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Medical Coders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Fort Worth (+13 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Dayton ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

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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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$35,000
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
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: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%