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 is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale 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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As Medical Records Technicians transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Health Information Management (HIM) Director may earn an extra $38K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. It is quite typical for Medical Records Technicians to transition into roles as Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)s, where expected earnings are an additional $4,455 or $3,893 per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Medical Records Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Medical Coding and Typing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 3 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
In most cases, Medical Records Technicians can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $27K to $28K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $30K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Medical Records Technicians tend to earn $33K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Medical Records Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Louisville (-10 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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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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