Medical Billing Clerk Salary

Most Medical Billing Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.87 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Medical Billing Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,369 - $43,692
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$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,260
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$10.56 - $17.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,369 - $43,692  
   
Bonus
$121.20 - $3,339  
Profit Sharing
$1,749  
Total Pay (?
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$22,157 - $38,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.56 - $17.40  
   
Overtime
$15.93 - $24.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$121.20 - $3,339  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,749  
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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$22,157 - $38,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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Job Description for Medical Billing Clerk

Medical billing clerks are responsible for all aspects of medical billing and payments. This primarily involves working with patients to collect payment on outstanding medical bills. They answer patient questions regarding repayment methods and billing disputes, as well as work with insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid to collect payment on medical bills and post received funds to hospital accounts. Medical billing clerks analyze older billing records and make recommendations for payment recovery; they may refer bills for collection after exhausting all attempts to contact patients. They manage billing records (ensuring the accuracy of all information) and work with aged trial balance (ATB) reports to manage claims.

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Medical Billing Clerk 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 Billing Clerk


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While not commonly seen, Medical Billing Clerks who transition into a Billing Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Billing Managers is $46K per year. However, it's more common for Medical Billing Clerks to move into roles as Medical Billing Managers or Billing Clerks.

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Popular Skills for Medical Billing Clerk


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, bill collections, Accounts Receivable, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Medicaid & Medicare Billing, and Medical Coding. Those educated in Billing tend to be well versed in Medicaid & Medicare Billing and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Billing Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Medical Billing Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Billing Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 232 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Billing Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 87 salaries. An experienced Medical Billing Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 92 salaries. A Medical Billing Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,488

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Medical Billing Clerks, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Medical Billing Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+4 percent) and Houston (+1 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 8 percent below the national average. Miami and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Billing Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Billing Clerk?

Medical Billing Clerk in Kendall Park:
"Not What I Signed Up For!"
Pros: I don't have to answer all calls that come in.
Cons: There are too many responsibilities and not enough time to do everything.

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Key Stats for Medical Billing Clerk

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Billing Clerk Salaries

▲7%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$29,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Medical Billing Clerk Salaries

Customer Service
▲5%


Billing
▼0%

Accounts Receivable
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National Average
$29,000

▼1%

▼1%

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▼2%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 38%