Medical Coder Salary

The average rate for a Medical Coder is $16.81 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Coding, Medicine / Surgery, Surgical coding, and Collections.

$28,701 - $56,429
$29K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,567
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$12.23 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $16.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,701 - $56,429  
   
Bonus
$263.56 - $5,425  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$25,860 - $53,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.77  
Overtime
$17.90 - $37.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$263.56 - $5,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$25,860 - $53,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,369

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Job Description for Medical Coder

Those working as medical coders are responsible for transferring diagnostic and treatment terms from doctors and other health professionals into coded form for record keeping, use of other medical professionals, and often for billing and insurance purposes. This is accomplished by reviewing and analyzing patient health records to determine relevant diagnoses and treatment plans for individual patients. In addition, this process often requires contact with the providers of a patient’s healthcare in order to ensure proper coding.

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Medical Coder Tasks

  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coder

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,199

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Medical Coder Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Coder?

Medical Coder in Elmira:
"Perks."
Pros: The atmosphere, the people are nice, but a lot of the time there is confusion and misconceptions.
Cons: The Pay Scale.

Medical Coder in Miami:
"Sometimes tedious but you have to be detail oriented."
Pros: Applying medical terminology and knowledge of physiology to coding.
Cons: Having to search for particular records through a disorganized chart.

Medical Coder in State College:
"Independent."
Pros: Independent, analytical, gathering and coding medical information, detail oriented, complex.
Cons: Boring, not very challenging.

Medical Coder in Denver:
"Finger on the Pulse."
Pros: The fact that we place everything in its right spot, and must always keep a decent understanding as to where everything is located and why it is located where and how it is keeps the office orderly and up to speed with clients, customers, etcetera.
Cons: The office needs a better IT specialist, with the right certificates of course. We need one who we can be employed at least part-time to get the server and electronics working up to par. I am working on my medical IT certificate in July, thus I can not give too much technical advise from myself to my employer for now.

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Key Stats for Medical Coder

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 271 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Coder Salaries

▲27%

▲20%

▲14%

National Average
$36,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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