Coding Specialist Salary

Most Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $18.71 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Coding Specialists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,714 - $59,790
$34K
$44K
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MEDIAN: $43,817
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$13.91 - $26.71
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$0$59K
Salary $33,714 - $59,790
Bonus $206.08 - $7,757
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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$29,948 - $56,932
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.91 - $26.71
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $22.30 - $41.05
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $206.08 - $7,757
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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$29,948 - $56,932
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

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As Coding Specialists transition into upper-level roles like Certified Professional Coders, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Certified Professional Coders earn the same amount as Coding Specialists on average. Many Coding Specialists go on to become Medical Coders or Medical Records Coders despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Coding Specialist


Coding Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Current Procedural Terminology Coding, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records. Competency in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding frequently indicates knowledge of Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Coding Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Coding Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Coding Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 153 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Coding Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Coding Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 56 salaries. A Coding Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 23 salaries.

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Key Stats for Coding Specialist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

▲36%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
▲11%


Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▲3%

Medical Terminology
▲1%


National Average
$40,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 16%
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