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 $16.38 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.68 per hour on the low end to $25.16 on the high end. Most Medical Records Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$33,097 - $99,287
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$99K
MEDIAN: $49,588
10%
50%
90%

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$11.68 - $25.16
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$33,097 - $99,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,902  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$25,307 - $76,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $25.16  
   
Overtime
$1.41 - $32.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$25,307 - $76,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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 $66K), this progression is not the norm.

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Medical Records Directors report a focused set of job 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records. Experience with Medical Coding is often linked with 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.


For many Medical Records Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $33K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $39K. Medical Records Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $52K.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Director Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Medical Coding
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 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
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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