Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Most Certified Medical Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.65 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.12 per hour on the low end to $23.74 on the high end. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Medical Coders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,422 - $51,990
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,503
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$12.12 - $23.74
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,422 - $51,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$25,433 - $50,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $23.74  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $33.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$25,433 - $50,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 566
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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 results suggest that Certified Medical Coders put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Coders make a median salary of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 47%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 27%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Billing
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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