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Hospital Coder Salary

The larger portion of Hospital Coders in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $19.20 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $13.75 per hour and $27.44. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,978 - $62,188
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,770
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$13.75 - $27.44
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,978 - $62,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
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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$29,010 - $60,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $27.44  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $43.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
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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$29,010 - $60,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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 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 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

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


For Hospital Coders, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. Hospital Coders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Hospital Coders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 37%

Medical Coding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%