Although wages for professional coders seem to be on a positive incline, there are many factors that will affect the salary of a medical coder. These can be, but are not limited to:
* Cost of living in the state you work in. For example, large coastal cities can be expensive like Miami and San Diego. Check this for more details http://codingandbillingsalary.com/medical-billing-coding-salary-overview/
However inner cities like Midwest towns will have a much more affordable living standard. You can see how expensive a state is by checking its minimum wage.
* Working in urban or rural regions. If you work in a city chances are you may be making more than your rural counterpart.
* How many hours you work per week. Although the majority of medical coders will work full-time and at least 40 hours a week, you can also get paid overtime. The good thing about the job is you can usually decide to subject yourself to overtime and thus better pay. You can see this CPC certification guide here
Along with your salary as a medical coder you also get a variety of benefits as alluded to in the beginning of this article. If you are unaware of what else comes with the job besides the number, here is a small list of potential benefits:
* Health insurance
* Life insurance
* Paid continuing education
* Paid sick leave
* Paid vacation
* Retirement plan
Being a certified professional coder looks pretty good now, doesn’t it? A secure job due to its high demand and the ability to work from home is tantalizing. If you are interested and want to get certified you can check out the AAPC website.