Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

Median pay for Health Information Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.52 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.22 per hour on the low end to $18.00 on the high end. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Health Information Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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
$14
$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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While Health Information Technicians do not often become Health Information Management Directors, the job pays $66K per year on average. Health Information Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technicians. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K 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, Medical Terminology, Data Entry, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $28K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $29K. For Health Information Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Health Information Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,232

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

For Health Information Technicians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Las Vegas (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in 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

Medical Records
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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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