Emergency Room (ER) Coder Salary
The larger portion of Emergency Room Coders in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $18.66 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
Job Description for Emergency Room (ER) Coder
Emergency room (ER) coders work primarily in hospitals and are responsible for coding patients' records, completed charts, and ambulatory surgery records and obtaining necessary signatures from patients and emergency room physicians. They may also have administrative duties, and candidates must be familiar with ICD codes (diagnosis codes) and CPT codes (billing codes).Read More...
Many employers require candidates to attend relevant vocational training, and a high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook) is also required. While some employers may train new emergency room coders to use their computer systems and programs, candidates are expected to have basic computer skills and understand general concepts of account receivable applications.
Emergency room (ER) coders may need to assist patients with health care insurance questions and concerns by telephone, e-mail, or in-person, and candidates should be familiar with standard concepts, procedures, and practices related to emergency insurance claims. Communication skills, close attention to detail, and the ability to work well in a team environment are important in this position, and the ability to research and analyze patients’ accounts is also required. They may need to follow up with insurance companies and patients regarding payments and must always follow their employer's policies, procedures, and guidelines at all times, and some may also train or coach new emergency room (ER) coders.
Emergency Room (ER) Coder Tasks
- 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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Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Room (ER) Coder
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $37K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. Emergency Room Coders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $48K.