Women make up the vast majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $21.96 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Hospital Coders claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,735 - $61,885
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MEDIAN: $47,470
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,735 - $61,885  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $7,757  
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$31,982 - $66,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $30.90  
   
Overtime
$20.56 - $44.36  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$257.60 - $7,757  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,982 - $66,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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

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Popular Skills for Hospital Coder


Survey takers who work as Hospital Coders typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Current Procedural Terminology Coding. Those who learned Medical Coding also tend to know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding. Most people skilled in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding are similarly competent in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

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


Hospital Coders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. Hospital Coders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Hospital Coders who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

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Key Stats for Hospital Coder

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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