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Coding Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Coding Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.82 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.90 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.62 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Coding Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,229 - $58,557
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$28K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,250
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$12.90 - $25.62
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,229 - $58,557  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,502 - $56,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $25.62  
   
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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$27,502 - $56,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Medical Records Coder may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Medical Records Coders on average bring home $33K.

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Coding Specialists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 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.


Coding Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Coding Specialists make a median salary of $44K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 18%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
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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