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Clinical Documentation Specialist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Clinical Documentation Specialist is $65,055 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 Salary (?
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$46,457 - $86,769
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MEDIAN: $65,054
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Clinical Documentation Specialist Salary (?
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$15.63 - $40.58
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,457 - $86,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,357  
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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$40,154 - $86,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $40.58  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $49.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,357  
   
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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$40,154 - $86,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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.

Clinical Documentation Specialist Job Listings

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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
up arrow 21%
Chicago
up arrow 18%
Tucson
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New York
up arrow 14%
San Antonio
up arrow 11%
Atlanta
up arrow 7%
Detroit
up arrow 7%
Fort Myers
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Baltimore
0%
National Average
$63,000
Dallas
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Cleveland
up arrow 3%
Indianapolis
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Tampa
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Clinical Documentation Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Clinical Documentation Specialist?
Clinical Documentation Specialist in Waterloo:
"Severity of Illness and Intensity of Service."
Pros: Researching into patient care documentation. The actual care going into patient's care is enormous. Flexible schedule, great boss, great co-workers, nice atmosphere.
Cons: The number of cases done by 2 nurses is intense.

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Experience Affects Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%
registered nurse
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Rn
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Documentation
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Medical Coding
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National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%