Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Most Certified Medical Coders in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.44 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.92 per hour and $23.23. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Certified Medical Coders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,886 - $51,771
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,573
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$11.92 - $23.23
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,886 - $51,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
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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$24,967 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $23.23  
   
Overtime
$16.21 - $32.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,476  
   
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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$24,967 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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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 who transition into an upper level Certified Professional Coder position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Professional Coder makes $36K a year.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Certified Medical Coders who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Medicaid & Medicare Billing, 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. Those proficient in Billing are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $33K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Certified Medical Coders who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $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 91 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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