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LeFleur180

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As a new CPC-A, I'm unsure of what wage I should be requesting on applications. In my current position I make $22.55/hr. Do I need to go a lot lower as a "baby" coder? Thanks!
 

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As a new CPC-A, I'm unsure of what wage I should be requesting on applications. In my current position I make $22.55/hr. Do I need to go a lot lower as a "baby" coder? Thanks!

So the $22.55/hr is not for a coding job presumably. If it was and you were a newbie, that would be very good money, but where you are located does make a big difference. I had almost 8 years experience in coding and auditing for one company and I was on $22/hr when I quit my job for a new one last July. Just shows how pathetic the pay was with that company. However, I am in FL and the SE US is traditionally one of the lowest areas for pay.

Take a look at the last AAPC annual salary survey......that should give you some indicators of a ball park figure to use based on experience and geographical location. Good luck in your search and be realistic with your expectations. This is not a high pay profession.
 

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I think I started at $18 as a CPC-A and left that company at $20.60... (in Colorado) luckily, I broke into OP facility coding and make much better money. The AAPC salary survey will give you a good idea of what you should seek as a new coder. Good luck! :)
 
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