An average Clinical Documentation Specialist with Critical Care skills can expect to take home roughly $69K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more female Clinical Documentation Specialists with Critical Care skills who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,749 - $88,940
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$53K
$69K
$89K
MEDIAN: $69,306
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$23.78 - $47.15
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$24
$35
$47
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$52,749 - $88,940  
   
Bonus
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$51,017 - $94,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.78 - $47.15  
   
Overtime
$62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,948  
   
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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$51,017 - $94,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Documentation Specialists with Critical Care skills — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $66K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $69K. Clinical Documentation Specialists with Critical Care skills with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Documentation Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$70,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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