Registered Medical Coder Salary

Registered Medical Coders in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $19.06 per hour for pay. Job satisfaction for Registered Medical Coders is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,576 - $66,319
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,378
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90%

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$13.22 - $28.95
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,576 - $66,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Total Pay (?
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$28,311 - $64,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $28.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$28,311 - $64,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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Job Description for Registered Medical Coder

  • 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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Job skills reported by Registered Medical Coders are limited. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Coding.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $39K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Registered Medical Coders who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Registered Medical Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Registered Medical Coder Salaries

International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
up arrow 1%

Medical Coding
up arrow 3%

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
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%