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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 $13.18 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges between $10.12 per hour and $17.95. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Health Information Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,877 - $52,163
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,063
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$10.12 - $17.95
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$13
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,877 - $52,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,965  
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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$21,375 - $41,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $17.95  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,965  
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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$21,375 - $41,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 978

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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

  • 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.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


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While not commonly seen, Health Information Technicians who transition into a Health Information Management Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Health Information Management Directors is $67K per year. Career advancement for the typical Health Information Technician often leads to becoming a Medical Records Coder or a Medical Records Manager; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Survey takers who work as Health Information Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Typing, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Typing and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. Health Information Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Health Information Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Health Information Technicians that is 40 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+30 percent), Las Vegas (+18 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Greenville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Louisville (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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