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Medical Records Specialist Salary

Medical Records Specialists in the United States take home an average $13.51 per hour. Some workers in this field — nearly one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Job satisfaction for Medical Records Specialists is high. There are far more female Medical Records Specialists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$26,733 - $54,487
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MEDIAN: $33,832
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$10.48 - $16.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,733 - $54,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Total Pay (?
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$22,371 - $38,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Hourly Rate
$10.48 - $16.89  
   
Overtime
$13.03 - $28.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$22,371 - $38,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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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Survey results show that Medical Records Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Electronic Medical Records and Medical Records are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


Medical Records Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $32K.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

Medical Records
0%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 26%