Medical Biller Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Medical Billers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.49 per hour. Total cash compensation to Medical Billers approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $44K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Medical Billers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$24,880 - $51,323|
|Bonus||$201.00 - $3,121|
|Profit Sharing||$394.53 - $4,055|
|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).)
|$24,674 - $44,122|
|Hourly Rate||$11.79 - $20.34|
|Overtime||$16.27 - $29.88|
|Bonus||$201.00 - $3,121|
|Profit Sharing||$394.53 - $4,055|
|Total Pay (||$24,674 - $44,122|
Job Description for Medical Biller
Medical billers are responsible for the billing and collection of medical debts. They work in an administrative capacity to ensure that patients are billed swiftly, accurately and with as much clarity as possible. Every time a patient receives medical attention, the appropriate payments are tallied up by the biller and issued in the appropriate format (by mail, online, or a combination of both). It's very important for medical billers to be able to understand the varying complexities of medical billing; this extends to different types of insurance plans, government assisted programs (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.), and how other discounts are applied to different groups of people. A strong understanding in this field will ensure that the billing is accurate, and easily fixed in the event of an error.Read More...
Medical billers work in the administrative department of a hospital, or in some cases, a separate building dedicated to the clerical jobs of the hospital. Many hospitals prefer to have billers working on the premises as it allows for easier internal communication over logistical problems that do/can occur daily. Medical biller should be able to show strong interpersonal skills with patients and with other members of staff as this type of position frequently requires patience and an ability to work through systematic problems. They can also expect to work with a range of people who deal with running a hospital--from project managers to customer support staff.
Employers will look for applicants who have passed the CMRS exam. This is an exam awarded by the American Medical Billing Association that helps potential billers equip themselves with a qualification designed specifically to showcase an ability in the field. Additionally, it's highly desirable for applicants to possess strong logistical skills, along with industry standard computer software literacy and a firm understanding of medical legality.
As hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, some may find that certain roles at a hospital will require flexible working hours. However, as this is a clerical position, it's still somewhat normal for a medical biller to work during usual business hours.
Medical Biller Tasks
- Verify accuracy of billing data and revise any errors.
- Review and retain medical records in order to compute fees and charges due.
- Prepare bills or invoices, and record amount due for medical procedures and services.
- Contact patients in order to obtain or relay account information.
Common Career Paths for Medical Biller
Medical Billers do not often transition into Billing Manager roles. The role averages $46K per year. A lot of Medical Billers advance their careers by becoming Medical Billing Specialists and Medical Office Billers. However, those positions offer $2K less and $3K less per year on average.
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Popular Skills for Medical Biller
Medical Billers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in bill collections, Accounts Receivable, Medicare, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Medical Records, and Data Entry. Those proficient in Billing are, more often than not, also skilled in Accounts Receivable and Medicaid & Medicare Billing. Those familiar with Insurance tend to be well versed in Medicaid & Medicare Billing and Accounts Receivable.
Pay by Experience Level for Medical Biller
Pay by Experience for a Medical Biller has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Biller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,863 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Biller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 1,090 salaries. An experienced Medical Biller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 1,065 salaries. A Medical Biller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 425 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Medical Billers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. Medical Billers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+10 percent), Las Vegas (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). In Richmond, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in San Antonio and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).
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