For Certified Medical Coders, hourly average wages total $17.40 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Certified Medical Coders (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,021 - $58,340
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$28K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,853
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$12.79 - $24.58
(Median)
$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,021 - $58,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$26,838 - $52,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $24.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.72 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$26,838 - $52,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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)


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 42 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records and Billing. For most people, competency in Medicaid & Medicare Billing indicates knowledge of Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Medical Coder (CMC)

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Certified Medical Coder (CMC) Salaries




National Average
$37,000


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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Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
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National Average
$37,000

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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Billing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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