Medical Coding Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.33 per hour for pay. Work is enjoyable for Medical Coding Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number 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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$24,511 - $61,651
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MEDIAN: $40,001
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$13.42 - $24.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,511 - $61,651  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
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$27,500 - $54,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Hourly Rate
$13.42 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$21.12 - $44.15  
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Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,500 - $54,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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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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Medical Coding Specialists often transition into a Medical Records Coder position. Medical Records Coders report a slightly lower median income of $33K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Coding Specialist


Survey results show that Medical Coding Specialists use a fair number of 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 8 percent and 14 percent. Medical Coding is a skill commonly found among those who know Current Procedural Terminology Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coding Specialist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Medical Coding Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $41K.

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
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 14%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 11%

Billing
up arrow 8%


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

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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