The average salary for a Clinical Documentation Specialist is $63,644 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Clinical Documentation Specialist Total Pay (?
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$46,035 - $85,807
(Median)
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75K
86K
MEDIAN: $63,644
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Clinical Documentation Specialist Total Pay (?
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$16.18 - $39.07
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,035 - $85,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$252.00 - $2,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$39,458 - $84,518  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 922
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.18 - $39.07  
   
Overtime
$1.61 - $49.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$252.00 - $2,000  
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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$39,458 - $84,518  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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Job Description for Clinical Documentation Specialist
A clinical documentation specialist works with large hospitals and healthcare facilities to help maintain proper records-keeping, as well as provide primary healthcare providers with easy access to any documents needed for patient care. Because these clinics and hospitals generate a large number of records, notes, recommendations, and referrals, this position fills a key role in managing that information.
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Clinical Documentation Specialist Tasks
  • Work with clinical staff to obtain information for patient records.
  • Ensure that all patient documents and records are maintained in accordance with legal guidelines.
  • Review accuracy, quality and completeness of clinical records.
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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Documentation Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Boston
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Philadelphia
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Tucson
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Chicago
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New York
up arrow 16%
Atlanta
up arrow 9%
Detroit
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$62,000
Nashville
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Tampa
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Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

Critical Care
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Document Review and Distribution
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Rn
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%
National Average
$62,000
Medical Coding
up arrow 1%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%
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