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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 $16.36 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although close to one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,330 - $51,848
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,393
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$11.87 - $22.90
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,330 - $51,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
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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$24,939 - $50,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $22.90  
   
Overtime
$16.36 - $33.10  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
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).
)
$24,939 - $50,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524

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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 sometimes move into a Certified Professional Coder role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Survey takers who work as Certified Medical Coders report a focused set of job skills. 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. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Certified Medical Coders in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $33K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Coders make a median salary of $39K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Medical Coder with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on 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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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 92 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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