Medical Coding Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Medical Coding Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.54 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.03 per hour on the lower end to $23.82 on the higher end. Most Medical Coding Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,463 - $56,232
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,126
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$12.03 - $23.82
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,463 - $56,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,267  
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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$25,165 - $52,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $23.82  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $38.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,267  
   
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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$25,165 - $52,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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Job Description for Medical Coding Specialist

A medical coding specialist is an integral part of any medical team, and is responsible for turning doctors' work and diagnoses into real money using a specialized set of codes representing procedures, diagnoses, and other aspects of medical care. Then, they submit what they have coded to either private insurance companies, or Medicare/Medicaid. The medical coding specialist's performance correlates directly with the compensation the doctor receives.

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Medical Coding Specialist 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.

Common Career Paths for Medical Coding Specialist


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Many Medical Coding Specialists move into a Medical Records Coder role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Medical Records Coders on average bring in a similar salary to Medical Coding Specialists.

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Professional skills reported by Medical Coding Specialists are few in number. Most notably, facility with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coding Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Medical Coding Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Medical Coding Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $45K.

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What is it like working as a Medical Coding Specialist?

Medical Coding Specialist in San Diego:
Pros: It is a stable career. We have health and dental. My co workers are all great people. I have the option to work from home if I absolutely have to.
Cons: I don't get paid enough.

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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 34%

Billing
up arrow 13%

Medical Coding
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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