Registered Medical Coder Salary

Most Registered Medical Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $19.18 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,876 - $66,329
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,378
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$13.86 - $27.26
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$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,876 - $66,329  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
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$29,247 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $27.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.54  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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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$29,247 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Registered Medical Coder

Registered medical coders are responsible for maintaining accurate data in a medical environment by assigning and providing medical codes for diagnoses and procedures, as well as categorizing statistics and other medical information for future reference. They may also assist billing departments by providing codes for patients' contracts.

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Registered Medical Coder Tasks

  • Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.

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Registered Medical Coders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding, Current Procedural Terminology Coding, and Medical Coding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Coding. Current Procedural Terminology Coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 Coding are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Medical Coder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Medical Coders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. Registered Medical Coders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. As Registered Medical Coders reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $45K.

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Experience Affects Registered Medical Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Registered Medical Coder Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 3%

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
0%

National Average
$41,000

Medical Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%
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