Medical Records Director Salary

The larger portion of Medical Records Directors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.24 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.69 per hour on the lower end to $24.71 on the higher end. For the most part, Medical Records Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,115 - $98,032
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$98K
MEDIAN: $50,013
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$11.69 - $24.71
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,115 - $98,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
Total Pay (?
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$25,487 - $72,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $24.71  
   
Overtime
$1.10 - $31.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
   
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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$25,487 - $72,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Though some Medical Records Directors move into positions like Health Information Management Director (where the average salary is $67K), this progression is not the norm.

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Medical Records Directors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Medical Coding, Medical Records, and Electronic Medical Records can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Medical Coding. Competency in Medical Coding frequently indicates knowledge of Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Medical Records Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $33K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $40K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Records Directors make a median salary of $43K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $51K.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Director Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Medical Records
up arrow 3%

Medical Coding
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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