ICD-9 Coder Salary

ICD-9 Coders in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $16.73 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges from $11.10 per hour on the lower end to $25.80 on the higher end. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11.10 - $25.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,426 - $71,207  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
Total Pay (?
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$24,656 - $62,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $25.80  
   
Overtime
$12.17 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$24,656 - $62,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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 ICD-9 Coders, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $33K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. ICD-9 Coders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $47K.

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Experience Affects ICD-9 Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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