Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Health Information Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.35 per hour for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Health Information Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,858 - $51,158
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$51K
MEDIAN: $35,387
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$11.10 - $18.99
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$0$51K
Salary $24,858 - $51,158
Bonus $1.07 - $3,466
Profit Sharing $525
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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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$23,372 - $43,136
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 156
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $11.10 - $18.99
Hourly Tips $0.01
Overtime $14.90 - $29.19
Annual Data $0$43K
Bonus $1.07 - $3,466
Profit Sharing $525
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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$23,372 - $43,136
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 936

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Job Description for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

A medical records/health information technician works in a hybrid job that comprises both office records administration and information technology (IT) duties. They typically work in a medical office, clinic, or hospital environment. The primary duty of this position is to maintain patient records and ensure that new information is inputted into systems as required by the caregiver and in compliance with organizational procedures; coding all procedures and details of patient examinations must adhere to the standards required by insurance companies and Medicare. The other record-keeping aspect of this position is the ability to quickly provide records and documentation to professionals providing client care at the clinic or hospital.

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Medical Records / Health Information Technician Tasks

  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.
  • Organize and file all patients' medical records including charts and reports in order to compile documentation of conditions and treatments.
  • Assist with departmental audits and research.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


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Health Information Technicians do not often transition into Health Information Management Director roles. The role averages $65K per year. Typical career progression for a Health Information Technician involves becoming a Medical Records Coder or a Registered Health Information Technician, roles that pay $2K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Health Information Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Medical Coding, Medical Terminology, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HIPAA Compliance. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Typing and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Pay by Experience for a Medical Records / Health Information Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Records / Health Information Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 578 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Records / Health Information Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 281 salaries. An experienced Medical Records / Health Information Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 249 salaries. A Medical Records / Health Information Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 86 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,535

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Health Information Technicians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Baltimore and 9 percent less in Omaha, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Records / Health Information Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Records / Health Information Technician?

Medical Records / Health Information Technician in Bradenton:
"Corporate culture/low pay."
Pros: I like the flexibility and my director who is easy to work for. I enjoy patients coming in wanting records and helping them.
Cons: The pay is low and there is no room for advancement. I was given a new title from clerk to specialist and they did not raise my pay.

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Key Stats for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼1%

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
▲6%




▲1%

Medical Records
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

HIPAA Compliance
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%
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