Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Health Information Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $13.32 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.18 per hour on the lower end to $18.03 on the higher end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Health Information Technicians (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Health Information Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,931 - $50,954

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$10.18 - $18.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,931 - $50,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,509 - $41,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $18.03  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $26.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,017  
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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$21,509 - $41,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 997
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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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While Health Information Technicians do not often become Health Information Management Directors, the job pays $67K per year on average. Health Information Technicians most often move into positions as Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Health Information Technicians report using a diverse set of skills 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 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Health Information Technicians make a median salary of $30K. Health Information Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Health Information Technicians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), Las Vegas (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Tucson (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Data Entry
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$29,000

Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
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: 20%
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