The average rate for a Medical Coder is $16.68 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, Surgical coding, Medicine / Surgery, and Collections.

$27,902 - $54,589
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MEDIAN: $39,406
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$12.19 - $24.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,902 - $54,589  
   
Bonus
$399.11 - $5,918  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$25,684 - $52,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 624
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.77  
Overtime
$17.62 - $36.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$399.11 - $5,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$25,684 - $52,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,371
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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

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National Average: $35,880

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Medical Coder Reviews

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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Experience Affects Medical Coder Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Medical Coder Salaries

Coding
up arrow 23%



Collections
up arrow 11%



Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 3%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Billing
up arrow 3%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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