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Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Health Information Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.01 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.07 per hour and $17.91. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Health Information Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (?
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$23,840 - $53,031
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MEDIAN: $33,663
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Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (?
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$10.07 - $17.91
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,840 - $53,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
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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$21,260 - $41,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.91  
   
Overtime
$6.02 - $26.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
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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$21,260 - $41,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 983
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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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For Health Information Technicians, career progression to a Health Information Management Director role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Health Information Management Director, an upper-level role, can earn $67K annually. Career advancement for the typical Health Information Technician often leads to becoming a Medical Records Coder or a Registered Health Information Technician; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Typing, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Health Information Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $29K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $27K. Health Information Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Health Information Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $32K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
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For those looking to make money, Health Information Technicians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Louisville and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

Typing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$28,000
Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%