Medical Coding Specialist Salary

Most Medical Coding Specialists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.62 per hour. Job satisfaction for Medical Coding Specialists is high. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,716 - $64,111
$28K
$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,000
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$13.61 - $24.01
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MEDIAN: $17.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,716 - $64,111  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
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$28,242 - $55,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $24.01  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $44.00  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
   
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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$28,242 - $55,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.

Common Career Paths for Medical Coding Specialist


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Many Medical Coding Specialists move into Medical Records Coder roles. Medical Records Coders seem to make a little less than Medical Coding Specialists as their salaries average out to $33K a year.

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Popular Skills for Medical Coding Specialist


Survey takers who work as Medical Coding Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Current Procedural Terminology Coding, Billing, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Many workers who know Current Procedural Terminology Coding also know Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coding Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Coding Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Coding Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 119 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Coding Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Medical Coding Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 30 salaries. A Medical Coding Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 13 salaries.

Medical Coding Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Medical Coding Specialist

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲10%

Late-Career
▲9%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
▲12%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
▲9%

Billing
▲6%


National Average
$38,000

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 16%
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