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Medical Coding Specialist Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Coding Specialists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.98 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.72 per hour and $23.13. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Coding Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,950 - $60,686
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,510
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90%

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$11.72 - $23.13
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,950 - $60,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
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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$24,931 - $52,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $23.13  
   
Overtime
$10.82 - $32.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
   
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).
)
$24,931 - $52,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Medical Coding Specialists who took the survey. Billing and Medical Coding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 5 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Coding Specialists make a median salary of $44K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $47K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Billing
up arrow 16%


National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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