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ICD-9 Coder Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of ICD-9 Coders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.30 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.91 per hour and $25.49. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Though the majority of ICD-9 Coders do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
ICD-9 Coder Salary (?
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$33,580 - $72,203
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,864
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ICD-9 Coder Salary (?
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$10.91 - $25.49
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$33,580 - $72,203  
   
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$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,583 - $65,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $25.49  
   
Overtime
$12.20 - $45.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$24,583 - $65,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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Job Description for ICD-9 Coder

An ID-9 coder, or medical coder, uses computerized coding systems to enter patient data. The ID-9 coder works in a medical facility, or may instead be a sub-contractor who works from a remote location. This position includes entering patient diagnoses, treatments, and procedures through a coding method, and the coder may have to search through documents and charts to obtain these codes. From there, medical entities can properly bill patients and their insurance carriers.
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ICD-9 Coder Tasks
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.

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Pay by Experience Level for ICD-9 Coder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of ICD-9 Coders. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $32K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $36K. ICD-9 Coders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.

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Experience Affects ICD-9 Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
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$36,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%