The average pay for a Certified Medical Coder (CMC) is $17.40 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$28,021 - $58,340
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MEDIAN: $38,853
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$12.79 - $24.58
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,021 - $58,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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$26,838 - $52,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $24.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.72 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$26,838 - $52,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
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Medical Coding
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Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
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National Average
$37,000

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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Billing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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