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 $16.54 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.78 per hour, and the top verges on $25.91. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most ICD-9 Coders — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,882 - $71,405
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,598
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$10.78 - $25.91
(Median)
$11
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,882 - $71,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
Total Pay (?
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$24,377 - $63,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$12.17 - $45.62  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
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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$24,377 - $63,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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.


For many ICD-9 Coders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $47K.

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Experience Affects ICD-9 Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$36,000

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
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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