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. Pay generally varies between $12.03 per hour and $23.82. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Most Medical Coding Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers 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 (?
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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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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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Survey takers who work as Medical Coding Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $45K.

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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
up arrow 2%

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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