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Medical Records Specialist Salary

Medical Records Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.59 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,730 - $55,102
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$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $34,207
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$10.53 - $17.20
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,730 - $55,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Total Pay (?
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$22,267 - $39,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Hourly Rate
$10.53 - $17.20  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $29.37  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$22,267 - $39,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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

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

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Medical Records Specialists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Medical Terminology, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Records can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Electronic Medical Records and Medical Records are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Specialist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $29K. Medical Records Specialists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 6%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 24%