Median pay for Health Information Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.18 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Health Information Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (90 percent) of Health Information Technicians who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,278 - $49,750
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$24K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,249
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$10.91 - $18.77
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$11
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,278 - $49,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$22,893 - $42,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $18.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01  
Overtime
$12.01 - $28.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$22,893 - $42,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 878
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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 not the most common occurrence, Health Information Technicians sometimes become Health Information Management Directors, where the average income is $66K per year. It is quite typical for Health Information Technicians to transition into roles as Medical Records Coders or Registered Health Information Technicians, where reported median earnings are $2K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records / Health Information Technician


Survey results show that Health Information Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Medical Coding, Medical Terminology, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include HIPAA Compliance. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled 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.


Health Information Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. Health Information Technicians see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,382

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

Health Information Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Louisville is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records / Health Information Technician Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
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Medical Coding
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Medical Terminology
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Data Entry
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$30,000

Medical Records
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HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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