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Coding Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Coding Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.92 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.86 per hour and $25.72. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Coding Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,625 - $58,887
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,409
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$12.86 - $25.72
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,625 - $58,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$27,499 - $56,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.86 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$14.22 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$27,499 - $56,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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Job Description for Coding Specialist

The coding specialist prepares patients' information so that their medical facility may properly receive payment from medical insurance companies and government-run healthcare programs. This specialist works in a medical environment such as a family practice, assisted living facility, or hospital. Using special medical classification tools, the coding specialist assigns the proper diagnostic and procedural codes to insurance claims, making them ready for filing. Additionally, they review claims to make sure that all of the coding is correct and that all required signatures are affixed. If problems or inconsistencies arise after the fact, the coding specialist works to resolve them by researching records and contacting insurers and program operators.

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Coding Specialist Tasks

  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.

Common Career Paths for Coding Specialist


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Coding Specialists often transition into a Medical Records Coder position. Medical Records Coders report a slightly lower median income of $33K.

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Coding Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Medical Coding, and Electronic Medical Records can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records. Those with knowledge of International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding tend to be skilled in Medical Coding as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Coding Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Coding Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Coding Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $35K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $39K. Coding Specialists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 17%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%