Yes, Tammy, I agree, you are grossly underpaid. I am a newly certified coder in Virginia and I make a little (precious little) more than that, and I don't have anywhere near as much experience, nor responsibility as you. I recently received a raise with my company. What I did was sat down and listed off all the responsibilities that I had (new and old) and listed off the reasons why I am a valuable worker. I went to my boss before my annual review was written by her so that she could write my review with these things in mind. I had a brief discussion with her explaining that I had enjoyed my new responsiblities (blah, blah, blah), briefly went through my accomplishments for the year, and explained to her that I would appreciate it if she would keep those accomplishments in mind when drafting my annual review. She got the point...and I got the raise. My advice, do some research on what an employee with your credentials in your area should be making. I believe the AAPC's website has some tools for salary surveys, also you can look for an average salary posting in your favorite search engine. Hope this helps!
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