Registered Medical Coder Salary
Most Registered Medical Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $19.64 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Registered Medical Coders — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Registered medical coders must be able to analyze large amounts of location, demographic, and clinical data of in- and out-patients for their organizations, and they are also responsible for identifying medical documentation and reviewing concerns for quality purposes. Organization and close attention to detail are important in this position, as these coders must follow strict privacy protocols and utilize multiple coding methods. They must work well in team-settings with strict deadlines, but should also have strong multitasking skills to work well on their own with minimal supervision. Computer skills and advanced typing abilities are also important, as they communicate using both phone and e-mail services to resolve issues.
Registered medical coders must produce accurate results in a fast-paced work environment. They generally work in a medical office setting with other health specialists and interact with physicians, nurses, and other health care administrators on a daily basis to provide up-to-date data. Those in this position must be registered with local, state, and federal organizations and have passed all necessary tests, and a high school diploma is generally required. Prior work experience in a relevant capacity and medical coding certifications are also helpful.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Medical Coder
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $39K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $41K. Registered Medical Coders see a median salary of $46K 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 $53K.