Medical Coder Salaries and Annual Pay
Size Matters! Not just the size of the office,
but also the pay check is important.
The size of the business where the medical coder is employed affects their salary: those who work for larger
employers tend to get paid more. Work schedules, complexity of the coding and geographical location also impact
salary ranges. East coast regions often pay more than West coast regions and according to Reed Pew, CEO and
President of AAPC, there is an 18 percent wage difference between non-certified coders and
Work Hours and Wages
The nature of this work can lend itself to alternative, or flexible working arrangements, such as part time
work, full time work and work from home. The majority of employers, however, expect their medical billing and
coding staff to work a standard 40-hour full-time week for which, in most cases, they are paid well. Freelancers
often enjoy more flexibility when it comes to their hours, but many work even longer hours than a salaried
employee. Needless to say, the more they work the more they stand to profit.
||Percent of employment
||Hourly mean wage
||Annual mean wage
|Offices of Physicians
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
|Outpatient Care Centers
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
|Nursing Care Facilities
|* these figures are provided by the Department of Labor
DOL) and are mean wages based on averages. Actual wages can be as much as $40,000 and more in
states like Massachusetts.