Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Health Information Technicians in the United States take home an average $13.16 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.07 per hour, and the top verges on $17.95. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Women account for the majority of Health Information Technicians who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,822 - $52,456
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,356
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$10.07 - $17.95
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$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,822 - $52,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,269 - $41,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.95  
   
Overtime
$5.87 - $26.69  
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 - $1,017  
   
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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$21,269 - $41,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 981

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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, progressing to a Health Information Management Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Health Information Management Director can earn $67K annually. A common career progression for a Health Information Technician is to become a Medical Records Coder or a Registered Health Information Technician. Compared to Health Information Technicians, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Health Information Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Typing, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


For many Health Information Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Health Information Technicians make a median salary 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, 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 (+18 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Greenville is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Orlando and 11 percent less in Louisville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 179 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%