Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Health Information Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.24 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.58 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.55. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Health Information Technicians. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,375 - $54,337
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,412
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$11.58 - $20.55
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,375 - $54,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
Total Pay (?
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$24,526 - $47,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $20.55  
   
Overtime
$1.48 - $30.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
   
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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$24,526 - $47,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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)


Registered Health Information Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Health Information Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. Registered Health Information Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. 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 $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Health Information Technicians, New York provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Registered Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Knoxville and Charlotte (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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

Medical Records
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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