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Medical Records Director Salary

Most Medical Records Directors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.03 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.73 per hour and $22.14. Most Medical Records Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$31,326 - $98,837
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $49,417
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$11.73 - $22.14
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,326 - $98,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$25,747 - $76,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $22.14  
   
Overtime
$1.37 - $30.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$25,747 - $76,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
United States (change)

Job Description for Medical Records Director

Medical records directors typically work in a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility. They are responsible for compiling, processing, and maintaining medical records for their facility's patients, making sure the files contain all needed information and are correct and secure. In all tasks, these directors must follow the standards and protocols of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and of their facility to protect patient confidentiality. Medical records directors must know and use the health care industry's standardized numerical coding system.

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Medical Records Director Tasks

  • Monitor, assess and ensure effective use the use of department resources.
  • Develop and maintain computerized record management system processes.
  • Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for patient data services.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Plan and direct the health information management service areas, ensuring compliance with professional, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records Director


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It's not very common for Medical Records Directors to move on to become Health Information Management Directors. Average pay for a Health Information Management Director is $67K annually.

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Survey results show that Medical Records Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Medical Records, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Coding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those with knowledge of Medical Coding tend to be skilled in Medical Records as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Medical Records Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Medical Records Directors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $33K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $38K. Medical Records Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $53K.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Director Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%