Medical Biller Salary

Commissions form a big slice (close to one-half) of total compensation for Medical Billers. The median income in this area hovers around $31K. Final cash compensation to Medical Billers varies from around $23K to approximately $42K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Billers. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths.

$23,901 - $48,268
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,778
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$10.90 - $19.58
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,901 - $48,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
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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$22,996 - $42,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $19.58  
   
Overtime
$12.13 - $29.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
   
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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$22,996 - $42,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,727
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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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Medical Billers do not often transition into Billing Manager roles. The role averages $45K per year. Moving from a Medical Biller to Medical Billing Specialist or Medical Office Biller is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Medical Biller


Survey takers working as Medical Billers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Collections, Medicare, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Records. The majority of those who know Insurance also know Medicaid & Medicare Billing and Accounts Receivable. Most people familiar with Billing also know 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.


For many Medical Billers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. Medical Billers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Medical Billers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Billers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Medical Billers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+17 percent), New York (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio and Detroit (6 percent lower).

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 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 883 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
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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