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Medical Coding Specialist Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Medical Coding Specialists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.04 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $11.52 per hour on the lower end to $22.30 on the higher end. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Medical Coding Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Medical Coding Specialist Salary (?
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$27,030 - $61,104
(Median)
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49K
61K
MEDIAN: $40,781
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Medical Coding Specialist Salary (?
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$11.52 - $22.30
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,030 - $61,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$25,103 - $52,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $22.30  
   
Overtime
$10.28 - $31.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$25,103 - $52,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Job Description for Medical Coding Specialist

  • 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 who transition into an upper level Medical Records Coder position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Medical Records Coder makes $33K a year.

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Medical Coding Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Billing and Medical Coding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Coding Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Medical Coding Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Coding Specialists make a median salary of $44K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $49K.

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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
up arrow 25%
Mid-Career
up arrow 21%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Billing
up arrow 15%
National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%