Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

The average Health Information Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.29 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.16 per hour on the lower end to $18.03 on the higher end. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Female Health Information Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Health Information Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,968 - $51,296
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,758
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$10.16 - $18.03
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,968 - $51,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $1,944  
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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$21,489 - $41,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $18.03  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $26.79  
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 - $1,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $1,944  
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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$21,489 - $41,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 992
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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. 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 $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Survey results suggest that Health Information Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Typing, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Health Information Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $28K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $29K. Health Information Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Health Information Technicians, 39 percent higher than the national average. Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent), Las Vegas (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Greenville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Louisville (12 percent less).

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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


Typing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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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
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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