January 07, 2015
Salaries for certified medical coding professionals increased an average of
8.4 percent in 2014. The figure was released in an annual salary survey conducted
by AAPC, the leading training and credentialing association for healthcare business
professionals. Certified medical coder salaries rose to an average of $50,775
Other highlights from the 2014 survey include:
Education significantly impacts salary level. Medical coders with a bachelor's
degree earned an average of $54,522 while a coder with no college degree earned
an average of $44,338 in 2014.
Salary levels favored coders with advanced certifications. Individuals carrying
the CPC-I certification (Instructors) led all coders, averaging $76,021 annually.
CPCO certified members (Compliance Officers) earned an average of $71,542.
Only 9.5 percent of apprentice medical coders who responded to the survey were
unemployed. The rate has steadily declined since 2011: down 5 percent since
2013, 13 percent since 2012, and 16 percent since 2011.
"This year's results show a promising future for new medical coders and one
of growth and opportunities for experienced coders," said Jason VandenAkker,
AAPC CEO. "We expect to see the demand for certified medical coding professionals
to remain strong as the healthcare business landscape continues to grow and
AAPC is the nation's largest training and credentialing association for the
business of healthcare, with more than 140,000 members representing physician
offices, outpatient facilities and payer organizations. AAPC certifications
validate the knowledge and expertise of healthcare professionals in disciplines
including medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance and practice management.
AAPC offers the industry-leading Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified
Inpatient Coder (CIC"), Certified Professional Biller (CPB"), Certified Professional
Medical Auditor (CPMA®), Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO") and
Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®) credentials, along with more than
20 specialty-specific coding credentials. AAPC also provides a wide variety
of continuing education, resources and networking opportunities.