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    I don't think it's about the money $$$$. But there are some people out there who are told they can make X amount of dollars if they take this class or that class.

    I just wanted to confirm that I didn't get into the coding field because of money, if I were to get into a job for money it would probably be an attorney....

    Roxanne Thames,CPC


    Quote Originally Posted by Kim H View Post
    Sometimes its not about the $$$$$$$ its about the knowledge and experience you've gained and the joy of doing what you've been trained to do, because you wanted to, not because you had to. Patience is a virtue, remember. Good Luck to you.

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    After reading your posts, I must say I'm a bit discouraged.
    I haven't gone out into the job market yet, I'm newly certified and must do my externship , but I've taken out a large student loan and worked extremely hard to become certified and I'm now worried about my career decision.

    I love coding but $14.00 an hour doesn't begin to pay for my education and
    hard work to acquire my certification, not to mention the continuing education and work required to stay certified.

    My present job pays $20 an hour and I was looking to challenge myself and better myself..........
    I'm not sure I made the right decision.

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    It depends on your geographical area. I'm in Iowa and started at entry level 10 years ago and got my CPC while working in my department because most offices in this area don't require it. Also, I've only worked for smaller practices which can't afford premium pay although it gives some leverage at job review time. It also increases your credibility with your employers.

    Your best bet is to get your foot in the door somewhere and get experience under your belt. Then start networking around and move onto bigger pratices or organizations that can afford to pay the salary you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by relong View Post
    It depends on your geographical area. I'm in Iowa and started at entry level 10 years ago and got my CPC while working in my department because most offices in this area don't require it. Also, I've only worked for smaller practices which can't afford premium pay although it gives some leverage at job review time. It also increases your credibility with your employers.

    Your best bet is to get your foot in the door somewhere and get experience under your belt. Then start networking around and move onto bigger pratices or organizations that can afford to pay the salary you want.

    I agree completely with your statement! Sometimes it does take awhile to get in the field and I've said it before that there are so many other applicants wanting the same jobs, I personally think there are more people wanting jobs than there are to go around in some cases.

    But like you said, take an entry level position, a friend of mine got her cpc 2 years before I did and she couldn't get a job in coding, she finally got into one of our local hospitals in the dietary dept, I know dietary has nothing to do with coding but she just wanted to get her foot in the hospital door, and she did the dietary dept for 3 months, and got into ER coding shortly after that. It was a rough route to go for her but it did work out for her in the end.

    Just be persistant and hopefully that job will come to you.

    Roxanne Thames, CPC

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    I have been coding for almost 11 years. I am just getting certified and I make near the $20 mark for a specialty dr. I have topped out where I am at and having trouble finding a remote job. I lack experience in universal coding. My background is purely radiology. Instead of dropping pay or fiddling around, I am going for my degree in nursing. It just opens up a lot more oppurtunities for remote jobs or more flex scheduling.

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    I live in the Okllahoma area, looking for about a little over a year, I work in the MedicaL Field processing insurance and billing.Any help or adice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
    LC Johnson

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    Hey All,

    Kevin offers some good comments. Unfortunately there are schools that make big promises, but all they really care about it getting your money. I know a coder who took a course, several months and does data entry, because she doesn't actually know how to code. The school she went to taught her how to pass the test. She really has no pride in her work, or her credentials. She also thinks she sould make the same money as other in her field, who happen to have years of experience (and do know how to code).

    I say I "grew up" with coding. By that I mean I went to college for medical assisting and secretarial (yes, I am dating myself), started in a physicians office and learned billing. I actually learned coding at a prison I worked at (in the hospital of course!), and went from there. I am now a consultant with a national company, but I have paid my dues. I have 20+ years of experience and believe me, when I started years ago, my salary was below what minimum wage is today, and I was thankful to get that.

    There are jobs out there but sometimes they are hard to find. Try something a bit different for the experience. I will be honest, my previous job was all coding for a DOD contract. I had moved back to where I live now from out of state and was applying for things out of my "norm" of physicain billing and office management. I got a call about the DOD contract and boy am I glad I took that job. I learned an incredible amount, about coding, anatomy, etc and it was a great experience. It also inadvertently led to my job now, as my boss now, called me as I was an officer in the local chapter near work, to put out his job announcement. I applied as well and talked with him several times and lo and behold I got the job. Spread your wings a little bit and GOOD LUCK to all.

    Machelle
    CPC, CPC-H, CPC-E/M

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    If you want to make a lot of money--coding is not the place to do it. I am very disappointed with the salary level that goes along with the responsibility that we have. We have the responsibility of helping to keep these providers in compliance and sometimes even out of trouble. Many times I tell a providers "no you can't do that". Coders don't get pain enough money and that's a fact.

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    I'd have to disagree with akolpin - perhaps it depends on where you're at. Where I am, I'm VERY happy with my job responsibilities and I'm compensated very well for doing it. This is a new job I accepted in April of this year and in my negotiations for hire, I told them what "I" needed in order work for them. (and I was very generous ) They offer me every opportunity for more training. They value my knowledge as I do theirs. My facility works well within itself, coders, billers, him dept, etc.....
    A lot depends on qualifications - experience - where you live and what type of coding expertise they're looking for.
    I'm extremely happy in my position and compensation.
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    I have to disagree with "akolpin" also. There is money to be made in coding, but you do have to pay your dues first and earn your stripes. Nothing worth having comes easy. I managed a physicians office for 7+ years and made $7 an hour to start and left making $10. I have paid my dues and now have a great job and am extremely happy. I have new challenges every day. I could have made more when I worked for that physician, but at the time I had a small child and was not driving an hour or more for work. My priority then was him. Now he is grown and I have many opportunities, traveling, some remote, consulting, all in the same job. I do agree with previous comments, and as I previously stated, you are not going to take a course and start out making $30 an hour. Schools that are saying that, in my opinion are lying. A lot of hard core coders have had other educaiton and/or work experiences along the way, that have helped them tremendously. Coding is not for everyone, its not an instant money maker. It is hard work and willingness to learn something new all the time. You have to be up to the challange. Good luck to all,

    Machelle
    CPC, CPC-H, CPC-E/M

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