Coding Specialist Salary

Coding Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.95 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $13.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.95 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Coding Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,013 - $57,906
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,250
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$13.02 - $25.95
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$13
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,013 - $57,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,586 - $56,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $25.95  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $40.58  
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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$27,586 - $56,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Medical Records Coder. However, Medical Records Coders do report a slightly lower median income of $33K per year.

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Coding Specialists note just a narrow range of job skills. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records. Aptitude in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding tends to also indicate an understanding of Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Coding Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Coding Specialists make a median salary of $43K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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
22%
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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