Hospital Coder Salary

Women comprise the majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $19.86 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.08 per hour and $28.19. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Hospital Coders like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,606 - $61,379
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,168
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$14.08 - $28.19
(Median)
$14
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$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,606 - $61,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Total Pay (?
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$29,599 - $62,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $28.19  
   
Overtime
$23.33 - $42.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$29,599 - $62,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 8 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Experience with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding is often linked with knowledge of Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $38K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hospital Coders make a median salary of $53K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 35%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 8%

Medical Coding
up arrow 3%

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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