An average Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialist can expect to take home roughly $67K per year. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists making up 73 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,303 - $88,706
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$89K
MEDIAN: $66,547
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$18.42 - $44.54
(Median)
$18
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,303 - $88,706  
   
Bonus
$0.86 - $6,082  
Total Pay (?
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$40,509 - $89,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.42 - $44.54  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.86 - $6,082  
   
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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$40,509 - $89,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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Employees of Prime Healthcare can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $50K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $39K to $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,892

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Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Entry-Level Clinical Documentation Specialists in Ontario make 35 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Orlando (7 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

registered nurse
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Case Management
up arrow 8%

Medical Coding
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Critical Care
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Documentation
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Document Review and Distribution
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National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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