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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 $16.35 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Medical Coders like their work and job satisfaction is high. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,384 - $51,492
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,108
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$11.91 - $22.92
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,384 - $51,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,436  
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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$25,012 - $50,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $22.92  
   
Overtime
$16.36 - $33.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,436  
   
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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$25,012 - $50,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Professional Coder. On average, Certified Professional Coders get paid about the same as Certified Medical Coders do.

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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, Billing, Medicaid & Medicare Billing, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records. Most people 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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $33K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. 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 salary of $43K.

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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
0%

National Average
$35,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%
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