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. Pay generally varies between $13.45 per hour and $25.89. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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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90%

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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 (?
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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 (?
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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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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 $4K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Coding Specialist


Typical Coding Specialists report a focused set of job 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

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


Coding Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. For Coding Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. As Coding Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $51K.

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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
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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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