Emergency Room (ER) Coder Salary

Emergency Room Coders in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.54 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.54 per hour and $23.82. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Emergency Room Coders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,000 - $56,982
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,452
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50%
90%

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$14.54 - $23.82
(Median)
$15
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,000 - $56,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $300.00  
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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$30,293 - $50,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $23.82  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $35.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $300.00  
   
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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$30,293 - $50,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for Emergency Room (ER) Coder

  • Review patient charts to judge appropriate codes.
  • Assign diagnostic and procedural codes to ER charts in accordance with coding rules and regulations.

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Typical Emergency Room Coders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Medical Coding, and Current Procedural Terminology Coding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Current Procedural Terminology Coding. Current Procedural Terminology Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Room (ER) Coder

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. For Emergency Room Coders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $44K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Emergency Room (ER) Coder Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Emergency Room (ER) Coder Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 6%

Medical Coding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 15%
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