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ICD-9 Coder Salary

Most ICD-9 Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.88 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.52 per hour and $26.79. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,426 - $71,207
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,153
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$10.52 - $26.79
(Median)
$11
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,426 - $71,207  
   
Bonus
$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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$24,315 - $63,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.52 - $26.79  
   
Overtime
$12.17 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$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).
)
$24,315 - $63,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $34K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $36K. ICD-9 Coders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $48K.

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Experience Affects ICD-9 Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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