Medical Records Specialist Salary

Medical Records Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $13.46 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Around one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Women make up the vast majority of Medical Records Specialists (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,200 - $52,495
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,548
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$10.42 - $17.11
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,200 - $52,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$21,948 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $17.11  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $28.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32  
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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$21,948 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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 use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Data Entry, HIPAA Compliance, and Electronic Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Medical Records Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. 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 9%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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