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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 $15.24 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.56 per hour, and the top verges on $20.45. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Health Information Technicians. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$25,489 - $52,861
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MEDIAN: $35,021
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,489 - $52,861  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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$24,549 - $46,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $20.45  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $30.58  
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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$24,549 - $46,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 605
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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. Those who have experience with Electronic Medical Records, Medical Coding, and Medical Records can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know 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.


For many Registered Health Information Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $32K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $44K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Registered Health Information Technicians that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Registered Health Information Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Knoxville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers pay around 9 percent less in San Antonio and 6 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Coding
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Medical Records
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%