Most Hospital Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $21.23 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Hospital Coders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,492 - $61,874
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$34K
$49K
$62K
MEDIAN: $48,956
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$14.91 - $30.81
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,492 - $61,874  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $7,946  
Total Pay (?
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$31,611 - $65,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$20.40 - $43.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$251.68 - $7,946  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,611 - $65,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Popular Skills for Hospital Coder


Hospital Coders generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 25 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Current Procedural Terminology Coding. Most people familiar with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding also know Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding. People who know Medical Coding usually also know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder

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


Hospital Coders with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. On average, Hospital Coders make $55K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Hospital Coder Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Hospital Coder Salaries

Surgical coding
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Medical Coding
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International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
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National Average
$46,000

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
8 %

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: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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