Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (United States)

Most Certified Medical Coders in the United States are women. The work force as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.28 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.75 per hour on the low end to $23.49 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although 21 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (?
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$25,218 - $51,712
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MEDIAN: $38,738
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Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salary (?
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$11.75 - $23.49
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,218 - $51,712  
   
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$0.00 - $1,510  
Total Pay (?
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$24,753 - $50,515  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $23.49  
   
Overtime
$16.96 - $35.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$24,753 - $50,515  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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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As Certified Medical Coders transition into upper-level roles, they do not see a turn in salary. For instance, a Medical Records Coder usually earns the same amount as his or her lower-level colleagues.

Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

Survey takers who work as Certified Medical Coders typically report just a few professional skills. Medical Coding is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records (EMR). For most people, competency in Billing indicates knowledge of 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 many Certified Medical Coders, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $33K, which grows only modestly to $35K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $39K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Certified Medical Coders after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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Certified Medical Coders will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Fort Worth, Houston, and Jacksonville, where Certified Medical Coders annually earn 33 percent, 19 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent more than the national average.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

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$35,000

Skills That Affect Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries

Medical Coding
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Billing
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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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$35,000
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 21%
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