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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salary

Most Registered Health Information Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.25 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.58 per hour on the lower side but can approach $20.56 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,158 - $54,099
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,469
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$11.58 - $20.56
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$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,158 - $54,099  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,502 - $47,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $20.56  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $30.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$24,502 - $47,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 640
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Job Description for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

A registered health information technician (RHIT) spends the majority of his or her day at a desk working on a computer. The RHIT frequently uses computer programs to track information about patients such as the cost of treatment and the length of a hospital stay. This information is used by the hospital's management when reviewing the budget for a department or determining whether additional staff members are needed. The job often becomes repetitive as the RHIT uses many of the same codes frequently throughout the day. However, RHITs may make themselves more valuable by specializing in certain areas of medicine. For example, some RHITs become cancer registrars or optometry coding specialists.

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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Tasks

  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using standard classification systems.
  • Research and review patient data records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer.

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Popular Skills for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)


Survey takers who work as Registered Health Information Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Most people experienced in Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $32K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $35K. On average, Registered Health Information Technicians make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Health Information Technicians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Registered Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Knoxville, which sits 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (7 percent lower) and Charlotte (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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Medical Coding
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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