Medical Records Specialist Salary

An average Medical Records Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.60 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more female Medical Records Specialists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. The majority of Medical Records Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,834 - $53,355

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$10.57 - $17.42

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,834 - $53,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Total Pay (?
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$22,227 - $39,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $17.42  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $31.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
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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$22,227 - $39,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average. Employees educated in Electronic Medical Records are typically practiced in Medical Records, too.

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's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $29K on average. Medical Records Specialists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$29,000

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
$29,000

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

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
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%
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