Medical Records Specialist Salary

Median pay for Medical Records Specialists in the United States is around $13.61 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Medical Records Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Medical Records Specialists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,292 - $55,225
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $34,357
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$10.52 - $17.50
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,292 - $55,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
Total Pay (?
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$22,206 - $40,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.52 - $17.50  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $31.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
   
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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$22,206 - $40,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. Medical Records is a skill commonly found among those who know Electronic Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Specialist

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $30K. Medical Records Specialists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Medical Records Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Data Entry
up arrow 8%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 23%
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