Hospital Coder Salary

Women account for the majority of Hospital Coders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $19.32 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.80 per hour to $27.74. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,211 - $61,445
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,218
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$13.80 - $27.74
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,211 - $61,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$29,157 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $27.74  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $43.67  
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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$29,157 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Survey takers who work as Hospital Coders usually report a few specific skills. 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.


Hospital Coders with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker earns $38K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. On average, Hospital Coders make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
up arrow 37%


International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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National Average
$42,000

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
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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