Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salary

An average Health Information Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.31 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Health Information Technicians (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Health Information Technicians is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,744 - $50,220
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MEDIAN: $35,760
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$11.07 - $18.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,744 - $50,220  
   
Bonus
$0.36 - $2,469  
Profit Sharing
$525  
Total Pay (?
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$23,261 - $43,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $18.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01  
Overtime
$14.39 - $29.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.36 - $2,469  
   
Profit Sharing
$525  
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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$23,261 - $43,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 882

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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

  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


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Health Information Technicians who advance into the role of a Health Information Management Director are fairly uncommon. Health Information Management Directors on average earn $65K per year. Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technicians are common next-step roles for Health Information Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Medical Records Coders is $2K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Registered Health Information Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Health Information Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Medical Coding, Medical Terminology, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HIPAA Compliance. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, also skilled in Typing and Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Pay by Experience for a Medical Records / Health Information Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Records / Health Information Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 578 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Records / Health Information Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 281 salaries. An experienced Medical Records / Health Information Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 249 salaries. A Medical Records / Health Information Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 86 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,580

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, 45 percent above the national average. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Baltimore and 9 percent less in Omaha, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Records / Health Information Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Medical Records / Health Information Technician

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼1%

▼3%

Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
▲5%




▲1%

Medical Records
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

HIPAA Compliance
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%