Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Medical Coders in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.78 per hour on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Medical Coders. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,332 - $61,035
$29K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,484
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90%

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$13.10 - $24.99
$13
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MEDIAN: $17.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,332 - $61,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$27,636 - $54,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $24.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.19 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$27,636 - $54,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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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

  • 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.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

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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 results suggest that Certified Medical Coders use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 38 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records and Billing. Most people experienced in Medicaid & Medicare Billing also know Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Certified Medical Coders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Certified Medical Coders see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $45K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Key Stats for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

▲17%

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
▲38%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
▲7%


National Average
$38,000


Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▼1%

▼3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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