Professionals who work in medical billing and coding typically have a high school diploma and either an associate's degree or certification in the field. The national average annual salary for this position is $30,780, or $14.80 an hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this figure varies substantially by location. Read on to learn more about Medical Coding and Billing Salary by Region.
Tier 1: $32,400 to $39,610 Annually
States in this tier pay medical billers and coders an average salary that is above the national average. Regionally, this includes primarily the West Coast (California, Oregon, and Washington); the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, New Jersey, and New York); and part of New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont). Alaska and Hawaii also included in this high-paying tier.
Tier 2: $30,870 to $32,380 Annually
Salaries in this tier are slightly above the national average salary for medical billers and coders. This tier includes part of the Southwest (Nevada and Arizona); part of the Midwest (Wyoming, Montana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and North Dakota); part of the Mid-Atlantic Region (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC); part of New England (Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine).
Tier 3: $28,480 to $30,610 Annually
States in this tier pay right around the national average for medical billing and coding salaries. These include the states in the Southeast as well as part of the Midwest (Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and Indiana).
Tier 4: $23,310 to $28,450 Annually
States in this tier pay less than the national average for medical billing and coding professionals. These regions include the South as well as part of the Midwest (Kentucky, Ohio, South Dakota and West Virginia).
The highest paid states for medical billing and coding professionals are, in order from highest to lowest, Alaska, DC, Massachusetts, Washington, and Connecticut. The highest paid metropolitan areas are Champaign, IL; San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Rosa, CA; and Rochester, MN.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an invaluable resource provided by the Federal government that details salaries for various professions. You can visit their medical billing and coding page online at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm.