Medical Coder Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Medical Coder is $16.06 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 International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding, Collections, and Medicine / Surgery.
Medical Coder Total Pay (?
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$27,491 - $53,953
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MEDIAN: $38,066
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Medical Coder Total Pay (?
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$11.69 - $22.77
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,491 - $53,953  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,511  
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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$24,846 - $49,938  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,746
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $22.77  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $36.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,511  
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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$24,846 - $49,938  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,746
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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
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • 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.

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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Philadelphia
up arrow 29%
Los Angeles
up arrow 24%
Dallas
up arrow 23%
Chicago
up arrow 19%
Seattle
up arrow 17%
Minneapolis
up arrow 9%
Phoenix
up arrow 8%
Richmond
up arrow 6%
Atlanta
up arrow 5%
National Average
$35,000
Indianapolis
up arrow 1%
Salt Lake City
up arrow 2%
Nashville
up arrow 7%
Orlando
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Milwaukee
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Experience Affects Medical Coder Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Medical Coder Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 19%
Collections
up arrow 15%
Medical Records
up arrow 4%
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%
Insurance
up arrow 3%
Medical Coding
up arrow 2%
Billing
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National Average
$35,000

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 19%
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