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Medical Records Specialist Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Medical Records Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.65 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Medical Records Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,903 - $55,684
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,357
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$10.58 - $17.37
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$11
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$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,903 - $55,684  
   
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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$22,419 - $39,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $17.37  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $31.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$22,419 - $39,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177

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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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Typical Medical Records Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Medical Terminology, Medical Records, and Electronic Medical Records can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Competency in Electronic Medical Records frequently indicates knowledge of Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Specialist

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $30K on average. Medical Records Specialists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Medical Records Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 24%
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