Median pay for Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists is around $67K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists making up 74 percent. For the most part, Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $66,524
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National Salary Data (?
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$45,002 - $88,693  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $6,040  
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$40,581 - $89,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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$18.32 - $43.57  
   
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Overtime
$3.25 - $61.04  
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Bonus
$198.66 - $6,040  
   
Total Pay (?
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$40,581 - $89,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309

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Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists flock to Mercy Health Partners for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $64K lead the pack in compensation.

Prime Healthcare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $50K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,037

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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+21 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists in Ontario earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Miami and 7 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Key Stats for Clinical Documentation Specialist

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

registered nurse
up arrow 30%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 15%

Case Management
up arrow 8%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Medical Coding
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Documentation
0%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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