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Hospital Coder Salary

Most Hospital Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $19.11 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.62 per hour and $27.41. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Hospital Coders are happy with their jobs. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,244 - $61,181
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,187
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$13.62 - $27.41
(Median)
$14
$19
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,244 - $61,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
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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$29,022 - $60,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $27.41  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
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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$29,022 - $60,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Hospital Coders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. 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 27%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 39%


International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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