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Coding Specialist Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Coding Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $18.02 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.68 per hour on the lower end to $26.27 on the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Coding Specialist Salary (?
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$28,175 - $59,767
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MEDIAN: $41,100
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Coding Specialist Salary (?
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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$12.68 - $26.27
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,175 - $59,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,723  
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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$27,224 - $57,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.68 - $26.27  
   
Overtime
$13.16 - $41.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,723  
   
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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$27,224 - $57,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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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More often than not, lower-level Coding Specialists go on to take higher-end positions like Medical Records Coder even though pay tends to be lower. Median salary for Medical Records Coders is at the $33K mark.

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Coding Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Medical Coding and Electronic Medical Records are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records.

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. During the first five years of their careers, Coding Specialists see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $39K. Coding Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. As Coding Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $51K.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$39,000
Minneapolis
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Coding Specialists, 21 percent higher than the national average. With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

Medical Coding
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National Average
$39,000
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%