Last month, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) announced the 2011 results for its annual salary survey of health care professionals on the business side of medicine. Participants included medical coders, medical billers, auditors, and physician practice managers.
Some of the survey’s findings include:
- The average salary for a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) was approximately $46,800.
- Approximately 62% of respondents said they work primarily in physician-based coding; 10 percent are hospital coders; and 16 percent said they do both types of coding.
- Respondents work in every specialty, with the greatest number in family practice (10.3%) and internal medicine (5.7%). Others include emergency medicine (5.2%), general surgery (4.5%), and obstetrics/gynecology (4.3%)—rounding out the top five specialties.
- The average wage in 2011 for a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) was approximately $46,800 (up $1,400 from last year)
Click here to see all of the 2011 Medical Coding Salary Survey’s results.