Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Medical Coders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.65 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.12 per hour on the low end to $23.74 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Certified Medical Coders like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,422 - $51,990
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,503
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$12.12 - $23.74
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,422 - $51,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$25,433 - $50,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $23.74  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $33.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$25,433 - $50,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 566
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Certified Professional Coder. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)


Certified Medical Coders report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 47 percent and 27 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Those familiar with Billing also tend to 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Medical Coders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. For Certified Medical Coders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. 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
$36,000


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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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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National Average
$36,000

Billing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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