Hospital Coder Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $19.40 per hour. Pay ranges from $13.87 per hour on the low end to $27.66 on the high end. Job satisfaction for Hospital Coders is extremely high. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,244 - $61,360
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,552
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$13.87 - $27.66
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,244 - $61,360  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$29,244 - $60,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $27.66  
   
Overtime
$20.36 - $43.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
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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$29,244 - $60,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Job Description for Hospital Coder

A medical coder’s job is to bill insurance companies and track the submitted claims. Medical coders are responsible for reviewing the medical records of patients and then assigning codes to their diagnoses and procedures so that the relevant insurance company, other third-party payers, or the patient can be billed for those claims. A hospital coder is a medical coder specific to a hospital, as opposed to a doctor's office or other medical facility.

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Hospital Coder Tasks

  • Review and research appropriate codes for insurance purposes.
  • Code each patient record.
  • Review patient medical records to judge appropriate diagnosis, procedures, and reimbursement.

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Survey results show that Hospital Coders typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

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


For many Hospital Coders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $38K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. On average, Hospital Coders make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
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National Average
$42,000

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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