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ICD-9 Coder Salary

Women account for the majority of ICD-9 Coders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.95 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.91 per hour on the lower end to $27.08 on the higher end. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,027 - $72,050
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$31K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,638
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$10.91 - $27.08
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$11
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$31,027 - $72,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,583 - $64,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $27.08  
   
Overtime
$12.17 - $45.62  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,583 - $64,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for ICD-9 Coders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, ICD-9 Coders see a median income of $34K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $36K. ICD-9 Coders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects ICD-9 Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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
8%
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: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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