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Coding Specialist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Coding Specialists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.92 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.94 per hour, and the top verges on $25.92. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Coding Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,394 - $58,229
(Median)
$28K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,762
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$12.94 - $25.92
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,394 - $58,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$27,596 - $56,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$14.22 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$27,596 - $56,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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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 move into Medical Records Coder roles. Medical Records Coders seem to make a little less than Coding Specialists as their salaries average out to $33K a year.

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Coding Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records. Competency in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 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.


For Coding Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Coding Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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 53 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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