Medical Biller Salary

The median total income of Medical Billers is around $31K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (approximately one-half, in fact) comes from commissions. 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. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Medical Billers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,901 - $48,217
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,808
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$10.88 - $19.58
(Median)
$11
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,901 - $48,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
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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$22,983 - $42,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $19.58  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $29.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
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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$22,983 - $42,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,707
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Billing Managers. That role pays $45K per year on average. A more likely transition for Medical Billers is Medical Billing Specialist or Biller, Medical Office.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Records. It is often found that people who know Billing are 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

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. Medical Billers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. 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


For those looking to make money, Medical Billers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Medical Billers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Detroit (6 percent less).

Medical Biller Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Biller?

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%

Medicare
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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 884 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
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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