Coding Specialist Salary

Most Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $18.22 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.45 per hour, and the top verges on $25.89. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,835 - $58,853
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,633
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$13.45 - $25.89
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,835 - $58,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,568  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$28,379 - $56,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $25.89  
   
Overtime
$19.29 - $41.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,568  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$28,379 - $56,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Certified Professional Coder. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Coding Specialists most often move into Medical Coder or Medical Records Coder roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Skills for Coding Specialist


Coding Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Medical Coding, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding and Medical Coding are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $40K. For Coding Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 30%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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 16%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 6%

Medical Coding
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National Average
$39,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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