Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialist Salary

The average Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialist can expect to rake in roughly $65K annually. Female Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,986 - $84,879
(Median)
$42K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $65,088
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90%

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$15.61 - $40.81
(Median)
$16
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,986 - $84,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
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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$39,016 - $85,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.61 - $40.81  
   
Overtime
$1.85 - $48.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
   
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).
)
$39,016 - $85,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+27 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists in Ontario earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in West Palm Beach and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

registered nurse
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Document Review and Distribution
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Critical Care
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Documentation
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National Average
$63,000

Medical Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%
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