Health Information Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.27 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Health Information Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Health Information Technicians (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,808 - $50,200
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MEDIAN: $35,676
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,808 - $50,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
Profit Sharing
$525  
Total Pay (?
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$23,128 - $43,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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$11.01 - $18.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01  
Overtime
$14.48 - $29.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
   
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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$23,128 - $43,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 903

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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 who advance into the role of a Health Information Management Director are fairly uncommon. Health Information Management Directors on average earn $66K per year. Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technicians are common next-step roles for Health Information Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Medical Records Coders is $2K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Registered Health Information Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Health Information Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Health Information Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Health Information Technicians make a median salary of $32K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,540

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

For Health Information Technicians, New York provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Louisville, 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Columbus and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries



National Average
$31,000



Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

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Medical Records
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Data Entry
0%

National Average
$31,000

HIPAA Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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