Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Health Information Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.52 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.22 per hour and $18.00. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Health Information Technicians (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Health Information Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,714 - $51,193
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,710
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$10.22 - $18.00
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$10
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$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,714 - $51,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$21,533 - $41,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.45 - $27.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$21,533 - $41,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,093
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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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Though some Health Information Technicians move into positions like Health Information Management Director (where the average salary is $66K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $3K 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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Coding, Medical Terminology, Data Entry, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Electronic Medical Records also tend to 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 Health Information Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. Health Information Technicians see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,232

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Health Information Technicians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+23 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Las Vegas (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando.

Medical Records / Health Information Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Records / Health Information Technician?

Medical Records / Health Information Technician in Bradenton:
"Corporate culture/low pay."
Pros: I like the flexibility and my director who is easy to work for. I enjoy patients coming in wanting records and helping them.
Cons: The pay is low and there is no room for advancement. I was given a new title from clerk to specialist and they did not raise my pay.

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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


Medical Terminology
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Data Entry
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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 183 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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