Hospital Coder Salary

Women comprise the majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $19.38 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.80 per hour, and the top verges on $27.59. Job satisfaction for Hospital Coders is extremely high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,276 - $61,277

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$13.80 - $27.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,276 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$29,186 - $60,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $27.59  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $43.10  
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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$29,186 - $60,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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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Hospital Coders typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 37%


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
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%
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