Medical Records Specialist Salary

Medical Records Specialists in the United States take home an average $13.69 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Medical Records Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of Medical Records Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,972 - $55,931
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$56K
MEDIAN: $38,380
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$10.60 - $17.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,972 - $55,931  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,915  
Total Pay (?
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$22,247 - $40,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.60 - $17.74  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $26.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,915  
   
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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$22,247 - $40,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 293

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Job Description for Medical Records Specialist

Many clinic or hospital administrators find that a good medical records specialist is an essential elements of creating an efficient healthcare environment. These employees help ensure prompt billing and responses from insurance healthcare providers, as well as facilitate portability of essential information when patients seek second opinions or the work of specialists.

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Medical Records Specialist Tasks

  • Assign and record an accurate code to all diagnoses and procedures.
  • Provide information and respond to questions regarding medical documentation.
  • Ensure that all diagnoses are ranked properly.
  • Ensure that factors necessary for an DRG (Diagnostic Related Group) are present.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Specialist


Medical Records Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Medical Terminology, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HIPAA Compliance. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Records Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Records Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Records Specialist 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 94 salaries. An experienced Medical Records Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 76 salaries. A Medical Records Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 14 salaries.

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Key Stats for Medical Records Specialist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$29,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲16%



Medical Records
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
▼2%

HIPAA Compliance
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 20%