Coding Specialist Salary

Coding Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.91 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.01 per hour to $25.80. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Coding Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$27,959 - $58,014
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,409
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$13.01 - $25.80
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,959 - $58,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,554 - $56,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $25.80  
   
Overtime
$14.22 - $40.72  
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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$27,554 - $56,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Coding Specialists who took the survey. 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. Competency in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding frequently indicates knowledge of Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Coding Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $39K. Coding Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $51K.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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 52 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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