Medical Coders are Specialized In their Field and Many are Certified
An expert is someone who knows a lot about a certain subject or field. Did you know that medical coders are seen
as experts in the medical office and highly regarded as such? Not only do they take care of all the important tasks
already mentioned on previous pages on this site, but they also serve as an invaluable source of information and
statistics about all daily business and financial activities for their operation.
How Much Does a Medical Coder Earn?
Certified Medical Coders earn an average
Certified medical coders earn an average of
17% more than their non-certified counterparts.
The average annual wage for a credentialed
coder is$44,750. Being certified adds more than
$7,000 to the average salary over being
Not only do certified medical coders show a
jump in salary and opportunity, but paired with an earlier study published in the March 25 journal For the
Record, coders with an AAPC certification fared positively while those with other credentials suffered
during the downturn.
A medical coder must be good at selecting appropriate codes, and also be efficient in electronic records
administration and business management to serve as a reliable source of information and statistics concerning daily
business activities and transactions. In addition, they often are expected to participate in the decision making
process concerning the operation of the business.
Medical Coders are Essential to Business Success
Let's face it! A medical coder can definitely make or break the business. It takes
thorough training, education, and years of experience to be recognized as an expert, and surprisingly few realize
that this also applies to medical coders. Many experienced medical coding professionals also
function as medical records technicians, medical records administrative supervisors, and medical billing office
consultants. Their employers and colleagues appreciate and respect them for what they do, and their wages are
commensurate with their skills.