Women make up the vast majority of Medical Coding Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.31 per hour. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Medical Coding Specialists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,417 - $59,344
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$24K
$39K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,013
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$13.23 - $24.32
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$13
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,417 - $59,344  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
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$27,220 - $53,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $24.32  
   
Overtime
$19.88 - $44.15  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$251.68 - $4,966  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,220 - $53,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Medical Records Coder may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Medical Records Coders on average bring home $33K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Coding Specialist


Medical Coding Specialists note just a narrow range 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 8 percent and 15 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Coding Specialists make a median salary of $42K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $39K by contrast.

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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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Experience Affects Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Medical Coding Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 15%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 12%

Billing
up arrow 8%

Medical Coding
up arrow 4%

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 20 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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