California Medical Coding & Healthcare Salary Information

In California, medical coders have an average salary of $63,616.07.  

Thanks to a combination of cost of living and strong employment prospects, California’s high average salary figures fall in line with other west coast states. According to AAPC, the region has an average salary of $59,936. Within California, major cities for coders range from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Corona and Fresno.

Certifications including CPCO, CEDC and CHONC are among those in the highest demand with average salaries of more than $80,000. Coders should also possess a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in order to reach their earning potential compared to others in California. According to AAPC, coders have needed between 10 to 15 years of experience in order to hit an average salary of around $65,000.

AAPC, the nation’s largest professional organization for coders and billers, offers study guides, local chapters, distance learning classes, and other resources.

AAPC annually reviews salaries of healthcare business professionals based on location, education, experience, and credential. Data below is based on the most recent survey, resulting in 13,000+ responses. For additional information, view the overall survey analysis or the Salary Survey Calculator.

Salary by Certification

Certification Name Average Salary
CPC $66,663.76
COC $76,842.11
CIC $66,000.00
CRC $67,962.96
CPB $58,636.36
CPMA $79,625.00
CDEO $47,500.00
CPCO $95,833.33
CPPM $68,214.29
CPC-I $104,375.00
CANPC $42,500.00
CASCC $37,500.00
CCC $75,500.00
CCPC $57,500.00
CCVTC $86,250.00
CEDC $98,750.00
CEMC $73,000.00
CFPC $42,500.00
CGSC $62,500.00
CHONC $86,666.67
CIMC $83,333.33
CIRCC $83,611.11
COBGC $75,833.33
COC-A $55,833.33
COSC $76,000.00
CPC-A $45,555.56
CPCD $73,750.00
CPC-P $51,388.89
CPEDC $77,500.00
CSFAC $110,000.00
CUC $59,166.67

Salary by Education

Education Average Salary
High school graduate $55,952.38
Technical school $56,492.54
Some high school $54,166.67
Some college $63,488.37
Associate's degree $62,354.65
Bachelor's degree $63,786.41
Master's degree $68,425.93
Doctorate degree $112,500.00

Salary by Experience

Experience Average Salary
0-1 $42,031.25
2-4 $51,552.63
5-9 $59,892.24
10-15 $65,225.23
16-20 $69,166.67
21-25 $74,204.55
26-30 $72,968.75
30+ $84,687.50