Medical Records Specialists in the United States take home approximately $13.66 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Medical Records Specialists (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Medical Records Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,154 - $56,524
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$23K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,662
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$10.41 - $17.95
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,154 - $56,524  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $3,915  
Total Pay (?
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$21,884 - $40,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $17.95  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $29.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$99.33 - $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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$21,884 - $40,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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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Popular Skills for Medical Records Specialist


Survey results imply that Medical Records Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and HIPAA Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Specialist

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


Medical Records Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. As Medical Records Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $34K.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%



National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 30%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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