Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salary

Registered Health Information Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.23 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.52 per hour on the lower side but can approach $20.42 on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Registered Health Information Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,074 - $53,627
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$25K
$35K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,139
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$11.52 - $20.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,074 - $53,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,492  
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$24,415 - $46,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $20.42  
   
Overtime
$1.48 - $30.28  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,492  
   
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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$24,415 - $46,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625

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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 command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Registered Health Information Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Registered Health Information Technicians in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Registered Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+13 percent), New York (+8 percent), St. Louis (+6 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Knoxville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Charlotte (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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

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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: 53% employee benefits None: 18%