A Certified Professional Coder (CPC) earns an average wage of $17.74 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. A skill in Auditing is associated with high pay for this job.

$30,688 - $59,802
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MEDIAN: $43,672
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$13.43 - $24.37
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,688 - $59,802  
   
Bonus
$202.45 - $4,041  
Profit Sharing
$292.99 - $4,561  
Total Pay (?
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$28,609 - $53,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $24.37  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $36.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$202.45 - $4,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$292.99 - $4,561  
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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$28,609 - $53,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,063
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Job Description for Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

A certified professional coder (CPC) is responsible for overseeing the medical coding for healthcare agencies. Coders make sure that medical coding used is in compliance with all medical coding laws and regulations and ensure that the coding used is for reimbursable expenses when necessary. They may provide regular coding, surgical coding, or hospital coding as appropriate. Certified coders are also sometimes responsible for communicating with patients regarding rejected claims or procedures, so effective communication skills are necessary. They must also maintain confidentiality and stay current on changes to insurance coding (especially Medicare).

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Certified Professional Coder (CPC) 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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,681

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Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC)?

Certified Professional Coder (CPC) in Urbana:
"Risk Adjustment Medical Coder, CPC."
Pros: Can flex schedule. Decent pay and benefits. Great coworkers. Learn about medical condition.
Cons: Can be boring and repetitive reading charts.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC) in Johnson City:
"Different."
Pros: Since I work in the field of psychiatry, I see many different doctor's notes. Everything billed is almost always unique. I have grown professionally learning how different insurance providers handle this specific medical field.
Cons: The electronic health record, although it has improved the medical world in many ways, it also has cons in the sense of abuse. It makes it very easy for doctors to code or bill incorrectly. Most doctors do not like the new system and will constantly fight with it. Hopefully in the future this will change and doctors will become more acceptable of a great program.

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Experience Affects Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Salaries

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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Orthopedics
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International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
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International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$39,000

Medical Coding
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Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
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Accounts Receivable
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Medicaid & Medicare Billing
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bill collections
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Billing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 287 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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