Medical Biller Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Medical Billers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.81 per hour. Total incomes of Medical Billers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $42K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Most Medical Billers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,929 - $48,304

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$10.91 - $19.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,929 - $48,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $4,130  
Commission
$7,500 - $20,387  
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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$23,023 - $42,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $19.59  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $29.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
Commission
$7,500 - $20,387  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $4,130  
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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$23,023 - $42,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,773
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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.

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Medical Biller Tasks

  • Prepare bills or invoices, and record amount due for medical procedures and services.
  • Contact patients in order to obtain or relay account information.
  • Verify accuracy of billing data and revise any errors.
  • Review and retain medical records in order to compute fees and charges due.

Common Career Paths for Medical Biller


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While not commonly seen, Medical Billers who transition into a Billing Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Billing Managers is $45K per year. Becoming a Medical Billing Specialist or a Medical Office Biller is, however, a more typical career progression for Medical Billers.

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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 Accounts Receivable, Collections, Medicare, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Records. Those who learned Insurance also tend to know Medicaid & Medicare Billing and Accounts Receivable. Those educated in Billing tend to be well versed in Accounts Receivable and Medicaid & Medicare Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Biller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Medical Billers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. Medical Billers see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Billers, 23 percent above the national average. Medical Billers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+17 percent), New York (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Orlando and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Biller Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Biller?

Medical Biller in Norfolk:
"Challenging and Fun."
Pros: The challenges that are presented on a day to day basis that keep the job interesting. Working with patient's everyday to help with any questions or concerns they may have. Learning about different insurance companies and how they work.
Cons: The amount of work can be overwhelming at times. The constant changes to medical laws and medical insurances can be confusing at times. You have to stay on your toes at all times when dealing with the different companies and organizations.

Medical Biller in Kinnelon:
"Pleasant."
Pros: It can be very challenging. It's very satisfying when a problem gets solved. I love my co workers.
Cons: It can be overwhelming. Hard to get answers from management.

Medical Biller in Muncie:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I love processing claims, working with numbers, the knowledge, working with the insurance companies, how to fix claims and getting the most reimbursement possible.
Cons: Being pulled away from it to cover other jobs.

Medical Biller in Phoenix:
Pros: What I like about this employer is that we have flexible work and off days.
Cons: I have some input on reasons or things that would make me want to stay employed here with Emerald AR one of the main reasons I do not see myself here a year from now is "Emerald does not offer systemic salary increases. This does not mean that Emerald does not [ever] issue increases to salary, however performance is usually accounted for in the monthly bonus or promotion" what that tells me is I can be here for the next 10 years and not expect a change in my income unless it is my monthly bonus which does not rely only on myself but on each and every one of my team members I know that is the number one reason why my past co-workers have left is due to no increase in their salary even upon request. Even if we had individual goals that would be a plus. At the moment I know of 4 other employers actively searching for a higher paying position or the least a job with systemic salary increase. If Employers that are bilingual would get paid more would be a second reason that would make me stay.

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Experience Affects Medical Biller Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Medical Biller Salaries

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Collections
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medicare
up arrow 1%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
0%

Medical Coding
0%

Office Administration
0%

Data Processing
0%

Medicaid
0%

National Average
$31,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 884 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 35%
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