The larger portion of Coding Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $18.01 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Coding Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,639 - $59,346
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MEDIAN: $44,329
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$13.64 - $26.01
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$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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$32,639 - $59,346  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,500  
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$28,992 - $55,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $26.01  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $36.21  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$28,992 - $55,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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.

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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 choose to become Medical Coders and Medical Records Coders as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $6K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Coding Specialist


Coding Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Medical Terminology, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Medical Records and Current Procedural Terminology Coding. Those with knowledge of International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding tend to be skilled in Medical Coding as well.

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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. On average, Coding Specialists make $44K following one to two decades on the job. 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 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 15%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 4%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 3%

Medical Coding
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National Average
$39,000

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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