Coding Specialist Salary

Most Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.89 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.95 per hour and $25.89. Career duration and the particular city 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. Job satisfaction for Coding Specialists is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,067 - $57,799

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$12.95 - $25.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,067 - $57,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,448 - $56,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $25.89  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $40.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$27,448 - $56,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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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Many Coding Specialists move into Medical Records Coder roles. Medical Records Coders seem to make a little less than Coding Specialists as their salaries average out to $33K a year.

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Typical Coding Specialists report a focused set of job 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Employees educated in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding are typically practiced in Medical Coding, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Coding Specialist

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


For many Coding Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. 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 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 18%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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