Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Certified Medical Coders in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $16.42 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.94 per hour and $23.29. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Certified Medical Coders report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,108 - $51,344

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$11.94 - $23.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,108 - $51,344  
   
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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$25,038 - $50,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $23.29  
   
Overtime
$16.26 - $32.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$25,038 - $50,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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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 Certified Professional Coder.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Certified Medical Coders report a narrow range of specific 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. Most people familiar with 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.


For Certified Medical Coders, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $33K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Medical Coders make a median salary of $40K. 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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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 91 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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