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.

$35,493 - $50,546
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $46,942
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$15.09 - $27.72
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$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$46,943  
   
Bonus
$1,100  
Total Pay (?
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$32,007 - $58,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $27.72  
   
Overtime
$36.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,100  
   
Total Pay (?
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$32,007 - $58,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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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.

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Experience Affects Registered Medical Coder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Registered Medical Coder Salaries

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

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
0%

National Average
$41,000

Medical Coding
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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