Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Salary (United States)

Most Medical Billing Specilists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.38 per hour;. The top of the range reaches $18.95, and the bottom approaches $10.17 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While around one third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and 42 percent have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Salary (?
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$23,470 - $49,960
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MEDIAN: $35,243
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Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Salary (?
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$10.17 - $18.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,470 - $49,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,501  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $2,386  
Total Pay (?
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$21,443 - $42,313  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $18.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$8.00 - $28.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,501  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $2,386  
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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$21,443 - $42,313  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 778
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Job Description for Medical Billing/Coding Specialist

Medical billing/coding specialists typically works in hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. They are responsible for handling billing information and associating bills with patients, and working with physicians and other members of their facility. Some day-to-day responsibilities expected of medical billing/coding specialists include keeping up to date with codes and regulatory standards of the medical industry, assisting with audits, and entering and verifying demographics of patients into the system. They also review and verify codes of diagnosis and procedures that are performed in the facility and update patient information on the computer.
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Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Tasks
  • Organize and verify patient records, bills, and statements.
  • Code patients' diagnoses and requests payment from insurance companies or individuals.
  • Record and process patient data including treatment records, insurance information, bills, and payments.
  • Set-up payment plans for patients.

Common Career Paths for Medical Billing/Coding Specialist

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For Medical Billing Specilists, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Medical Billing Manager, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $10,136 annually than those further down the career ladder. Becoming a Certified Medical Billing Specialist or a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is a common transition from a Medical Billing Specilist role.

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Popular Skills for Medical Billing/Coding Specialist

Survey results suggest that Medical Billing Specilists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Collections, Medical Coding, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 4 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those educated in Billing tend to be well-versed in Medical Coding and Medicaid & Medicare Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Billing/Coding Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Medical Billing Specilists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Though starting salaries approximate $29K, they climb to $33K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $35K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Medical Billing Specilists earning an average of $36K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Medical Billing Specilists, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Medical Billing Specilists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+3 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (-15 percent) and Orlando (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Medical Billing/Coding Specialist Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Coding
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 34%
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