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How much does an ICD-10 coder make?

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In 2014, certified medical coders in the United States earned a salary of $50,775 on average. In 2015, the demand for medical coders is expected to grow 30 to 40 percent due to the implementation of the ICD-10.

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Salary figures for certified ICD-10 medical coders vary depending on certain factors including education, experience and location. In 2014, the American Academy of Professional Coders reported that coders who hold a master's degree or higher earned an average of $89,546 compared to $54,552 for those who have a bachelor's degree.

Entry-level medical coders earned significantly less than experienced coders in 2014, averaging a salary of $35,048 while those with 31 or more years of experience earned an average of $68,868.

Location also impacts the earnings of medical coders. Coders working in the Pacific region earned $58,744, while those in the East South Central region earned an average of $48,141 in 2014. However, each region experienced an increase in salaries.

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