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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salary

The larger portion of Registered Health Information Technicians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.24 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.54 per hour and $20.43. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The majority of Registered Health Information Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,082 - $53,926
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,203
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$11.54 - $20.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,082 - $53,926  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,460 - $46,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $20.43  
   
Overtime
$1.48 - $30.28  
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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$24,460 - $46,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. Registered Health Information Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Registered Health Information Technicians, 22 percent above the national average. Registered Health Information Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and St. Louis (+6 percent). In Knoxville, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (8 percent less) and Charlotte (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salaries




National Average
$32,000


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
$32,000

Medical Records
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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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