Medical Billing and Coding Salary Information
Find out what you'll earn as a medical records and health information technician.
Medical Biller and Coder Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for medical records and health information technicians—also called medical biller and coders— is $32,350. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Many medical billers and coders set their own hours and work from home. If you'd prefer to work in an office, industries that employ health information technicians include hospitals, physician's offices, nursing care facilities and outpatient care centers.
Medical Biller and Coder Job Outlook
According to the BLS the job growth for medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow 21 percent through 2020, which is faster than average for all occupations.
Gaining experience in the field can boost medical coding salaries. Other ways to increase your pay include focusing on a career specialty or receiving a promotion to a supervisory position. Many medical billers and coders advance in their careers through specialization in an area such as Medicare coding or cancer registry. Other experienced technicians advance to management and supervising positions, overseeing the work of the coding, correspondence or discharge sections.
While employment for all medical coders is strong and steady, cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many more types of illnesses are detected and treated later in life.
Prospects will be best for billers and coders with a certification in health information. As electronic health records (EHR) systems continue to improve, technicians with excellent computer skills will be in demand.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data published March 27, 2012, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and other factors.
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