Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (United States)

Medical Records Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.90 per hour for pay. Pay starts at $10.04 per hour and can approach $17.61 on the higher side. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Records Technicians. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (?
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$23,745 - $51,535
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MEDIAN: $33,386
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Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary (?
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$10.04 - $17.61
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,745 - $51,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
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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$21,185 - $40,790  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $17.61  
   
Overtime
$6.30 - $26.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
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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$21,185 - $40,790  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 972
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Medical Records Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Health Information Management (HIM) Director may make an additional $38K per year than lower-end positions. The most common next step for Medical Records Technicians is moving into roles as Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)s, where they can expect an extra $4,455 or $3,893 per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Survey results suggest that Medical Records Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Medical Coding and Typing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 3 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) tend to be well-versed in 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 Medical Records Technicians, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $27K, which grow to $28K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $30K after one to two decades. After a couple decades on the job, Medical Records Technicians see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, about two-thirds land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Records Technicians, 33 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Dallas, top-paying cities where Medical Records Technicians see paychecks higher than average (+33 percent, +24 percent, +19 percent, and +14 percent). Greenville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Louisville earn less than others in this profession; their -10 percent and -9 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

Typing
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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$28,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%
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