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Hospital Coder Salary (United States)

Hospital Coders in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $19.34 per hour for pay. Earnings generally vary between $13.81 per hour and $27.75. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Hospital Coder Salary (?
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$29,214 - $62,106
(Median)
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52K
62K
MEDIAN: $43,183
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Hospital Coder Salary (?
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$13.81 - $27.75
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,214 - $62,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
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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$29,215 - $61,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $27.75  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $43.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
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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$29,215 - $61,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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Job Description for Hospital Coder

  • 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 takers who work as 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 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $36K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. Hospital Coders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in eight.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 37%
Medical Coding
up arrow 4%
National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%