Medical Coding Specialist Salary

Most Medical Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.30 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.93 per hour on the lower side but can approach $23.14 on the higher side. 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. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,000 - $59,717

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$11.93 - $23.14

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,000 - $59,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Total Pay (?
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$25,237 - $53,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $23.14  
   
Overtime
$10.43 - $31.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
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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$25,237 - $53,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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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For Medical Coding Specialists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Medical Coding Specialists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Medical Records Coder.

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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 36 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coding Specialist

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


Medical Coding Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. For Medical Coding Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $46K.

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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
up arrow 36%

Billing
up arrow 14%

Medical Coding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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