Most Registered Health Information Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $15.45 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,566 - $58,525
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$59K
MEDIAN: $40,066
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$11.84 - $23.55
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,566 - $58,525  
   
Bonus
$40.00 - $5,000  
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$24,899 - $52,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $23.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$14.83 - $48.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$40.00 - $5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,899 - $52,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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Job Description for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Registered health information technicians (RHIT) must be accredited with the American Health Information Management Association. These technicians usually work in an office environment within a hospital, though this work is also performed in private practice, nursing homes, and public health agencies.

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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in HIPAA Compliance, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding, Medical Coding, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Coding, International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, and Medical Records. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Medical Coding.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $33K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $37K on average. Registered Health Information Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,304

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Home to some of the best pay for Registered Health Information Technicians, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Registered Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Reviews

What is it like working as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)?

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) in Pine Bluff:
"It's professional and educational."
Pros: It gives a very good understanding of the importance of complete and accurate entry documentation, privacy, compliance of rules, laws and regulations.
Cons: The queries to physicians for missing or incomplete diagnosis.

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Experience Affects Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 (ICD - 10) Coding
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HIPAA Compliance
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National Average
$34,000

Data Analysis
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
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Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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