Latest Salary Survey in a Nutshell

Latest Salary Survey in a Nutshell

AAPC credentials pave the way for many paths to success.

With almost 12,000 responses to AAPC’s 2017 Salary Survey, and the data indicating overall higher pay for healthcare business professionals than the year before, 2017 was a good year coders, coder education, and coder certification.
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2017 healthcare salary survey

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AAPC's annual salary survey gives a good understanding of the earning potential within the medical coding profession.
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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, is a seasoned healthcare writer and editor. He directed publishing at AAPC for nearly 12 years and worked at Ingenix for 13 years and Aetna Health Plans prior to that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

21 Responses to “Latest Salary Survey in a Nutshell”

  1. Cathy says:

    My salary unfortunately has never lined up with my credentials and my education, not even close. With over 20+ years of experience and 4 credential with a college education, I must be a few out of the majority on these rankings.

  2. Bridget says:

    I have to agree with Cathy’s comment. The salary has never come near lining up with my education or experience. And I live in the PNW where the salary is one of the highest.

  3. Debbie Beal says:

    So glad to hear you both say that because I though I was the only one I don’t know many people unless they are in management that these salaries compare with either people are fibbing about how much they make or AAPC is increasing the value of credentials.

  4. Fanny says:

    These figures are on target from my perspective. I have CPC and plan to add CRC this summer.

  5. Kim says:

    I’m a CPC & CPMA. Going for CPCO. I’m not even close to the CPC pay. I had to explain what CPMA do to the temp agencies.

  6. Mike W says:

    Great! I just completed my online Medical Billing & Coding course and was seriously considering following through with an AAPC membership & Certification but now, after reading salary ranges & comments, maybe thinking I should keep my current career as a bartender. It’s just after 37 years behind a bar my knees are starting to give out. I’ve never had a sit-down job & thought I could use a break.

  7. Eboni says:

    I’ve been coding for 4 years but I’ve only had the job title for 2. I see I’m currently almost at the 10 year salary, but I’m in California so that’s probably why.

  8. sherri says:

    I have over 10 years exp. and i am no where close to these salary ranges. Plus my practice wants me to get to more certifications with no pay increase and i have to pay for them myself.

  9. sherri says:

    I have over 10 years exp. and i am no where close to these salary ranges. Plus my practice wants me to get two more certifications with no pay increase and i have to pay for them myself.

  10. Kimberly Harp says:

    Mine usually lines up – generally speaking. 7 years experience with 4 credentials and associates degree living in the midwest earning $50,000.

  11. Missy says:

    I was thinking about taking these course but now with all these negative comment I am having second thought. Can someone tell me an average of what they do make? Thank you.

  12. Carol says:

    I can’t help but wonder (and it may not be the case), if the salary ranges include non coding healthcare positions with coding certifications. For example, I’m an RN and as a compliance auditor, coding credentials were required. The compliance officer also was credentialed and she was a JD. I now work in the central business office with charge master, denials, etc., and still have to have these credentials.

  13. Debbie Beal says:

    Missy. I think it depends on what state you live in and where u work I am in delaware and delaware does not value coders in my opinion if you work in a hospital you will be more valued in my opinion it also depends on what type of coding you do in patient vs outpatient if you do billing and coding or just coding etc. There are so many variables in de the average salary is about 15 an hour to start depending on where you work and what type of coding you do check online for salary ranges in your state good luck to you in whatever you decide to do

  14. Emma L Moore says:

    I have 3 certifications, CPC, CPMA and CRCS-I (thru AHHAM)…I have worn several Professional Healthcare Revenue Cycle hats. I am preparing to sit for the CPB exam. My observation over the last few years is, the business of healthcare is ever evolving…you have to love what you do and wear your role well. I have been in roles that did reach my level of certification and that position was eliminated ($59,500.00 salary). So, gratefully, I was able to go back to the previous employer, however, at a lesser pay. I too have upwards of 30 years in healthcare…I am working from home and looking forward to securing my CPB credential so I can be an independent contractor…

  15. Coco says:

    Behind the bars?

  16. Annette says:

    I am actually surprised that the salaries are this low. I have a little over 20 years experience, live in California, a CPC with no degree and make over 80,000 as an auditor.

  17. Sada says:

    In my opinion, I like to agree with Debbie and Emma. I have two associate degrees; one of them in Medical Admin Assistant received June of 2012 as well as being in the Emergency Medical Services since 1999 & licensed EMT since 2001. My plan is to work remotely from home. The healthcare industry has grown drastically since then and more companies/clinics/hospitals, etc have expanded their home opportunities. I need to remind myself to fully research in order to understand which region/state/city/companies do what or receive what the average salary is. By being my own advocate, I look at their required & preferred experience/credentials compare them to mine. By getting a feel for the company, I can negotiate salary or the opportunity for them to sponsor me for additional certifications. Not really different from any other job/career.

  18. Barbara Temple, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC says:

    I started in a medical records department copying records. In 2002 I earned my CPC and having the credential will get my foot in the door. My first credential as a CPC earned me a job as a Medical Records Director. I kept my eye on the prize and learned as much as I could. I never stopped. Learned as much as I could about each position within the medical records department. I went on to earn other credentials thru the “other” organization, yet have taken the AAPC CPB exam today. Whipped my butt but feel confident! Don’t give up hope! I started as a waitress, but now I earn well into the six figures! The sky is the limit. DO NOT GIVE UP! You get into what you out into it. The sky is the limit!

  19. Bon says:

    Still in 2019 and no where near the salary pay scale, not sure who responded to the survey must all be in CA.

  20. Sally says:

    Just a thought maybe those with alot of years experience and credentials take what you have learned to an IT vendor or the Payer Industry or a Consulting group…Keep in mind some of these type positions may require travel but can be rewarding monetarily….I left bedside nursing years ago to learn the business side of healthcare to implement patient financial software in hospitals for 14 years..then recycled back to clinical documentation software received PMI certification in Project Mangmt. After getting off the road got my state insurance license required for the role as medicare benefit advisor to assist medicare participants in the transition from retiree group coverage to medicare plans times 5 seasons…i am now reviewing what AAPC study program I am going to pursue and what environment I would like to work in initially…Got to keep recreating my work life and never stop learning new information and skills. One does not know what will be the stepping stone to our goals.

  21. Tiffany Michele Harper says:

    Thanks everyone! Especially regarding not giving up on learning- it is general principle across the board and be applied to any area of life!