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Hospital Coder Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $19.22 per hour. Compensation ranges between $13.80 per hour and $27.41. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,146 - $61,480
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,500
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$13.80 - $27.41
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,146 - $61,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
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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$29,127 - $60,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $27.41  
   
Overtime
$18.17 - $43.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$29,127 - $60,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

Hospital Coder Job Listings

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Hospital Coders typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 5 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.


For many Hospital Coders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $37K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. Hospital Coders see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 39%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 5%

Medical Coding
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%