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Registered Medical Coder Salary

Most Registered Medical Coders in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $19.10 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Medical Coders. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,729 - $66,216
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,002
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$13.22 - $28.95
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,729 - $66,216  
   
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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$28,359 - $64,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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 - $3,041  
   
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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$28,359 - $64,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 only report a few specific 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Medical Coder

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


For Registered Medical Coders, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During the first five years of their careers, Registered Medical Coders see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. On average, Registered Medical Coders make $42K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Registered Medical Coder generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $48K.

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Experience Affects Registered Medical Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

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
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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