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Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Health Information Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.21 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.12 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $17.96. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most Health Information Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,954 - $52,114
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$24K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,139
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$10.12 - $17.96
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,954 - $52,114  
   
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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$21,381 - $41,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $17.96  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $26.52  
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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$21,381 - $41,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989

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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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There are some Health Information Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Health Information Management Directors, where earnings are an average $67K annually. Medical Records Coders or Medical Records Managers are common next-step roles for Health Information Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Medical Records Coders is $4K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Medical Records Managers.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Survey takers who work as Health Information Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Data Entry, Typing, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. On average, Health Information Technicians make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Health Information Technicians, 40 percent higher than the national average. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+30 percent), Las Vegas (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Greenville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore and Orlando (12 percent lower).

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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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$29,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 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: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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