What Does A Medical Biller Do?

Medical billing salaries rise as hospitals get busier and busier.

A medical biller is someone who handles the submission of claims with health insurance companies so that payment for services can be given by a healthcare provider.  This is actually different from a medical coder, though they are often considered the same thing.

Medical billers are very important to the business success of the healthcare industry and they must be extremely careful while submitting claims to insurance companies. This keeps the business running smoothly and leads to success of the physicians, hospitals and even the federal and state governments because it ensures that the inner workings of the hospital is going according to plan. (read: Everyone is getting paid properly!)

Though becoming a medical biller doesn’t require long years of schooling, especially with modern day advances in medical billing software available to consumers, it is an essential job within the healthcare industry and they really do contribute a lot within hospitals and other health care facilities and insurance companies.

Medical Biller Job Description

They will review hospital and patient records, figure out charges, submit claims to insurance companies and answer any questions about these claims. They navigate Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This act, known as HIPAA, is all about patients’ privacy and discusses how their personal health information can be shared. A medical biller will know the ins and outs of HIPAA so they deal with patients and insurance companies properly.

What is the work environment like?

A certified medical biller can work in any health work place including a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, as well as consulting companies and insurance companies. Medical billers are employed at high numbers as they are needed in all aspects of this industry. Most work full time and some even work from home by developing their own businesses.

Anyone with a high school diploma is able to become a medical biller, however it is a challenging career field. Medical billing courses are normally stand alone and separate from other programs at local colleges. They can also be completed online.

How Much Does A Medical Biller Make?

According to various statistics, medical billing salaries hover around the national average. However, it really depends on the state you are working from, and they can sometimes make more.  Asking for a raise is a possibility if you’d like to earn a little more!

Medical Billing Salary in Texas (TX)

Medical Health Information Technician Salary:

Median $$$ in Texas is $33,730

which is lower than the national median medical billing coding salary in the United States.

 

In the table below we have provided the median and mean salary of coders in TX, as well as in the U.S. so you can compare for yourself:

Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$ Annual Median $$$
MB&C $$$ Texas (TX)
$17.80
$37,020
$16.22
$33,730
Texas State $$$
$21.35
$44,400
$15.81
$32,880
MB&C $$$ US
$18.13
$37,710
$16.81
$34,970

 

Median and mean hourly rates and yearly earnings of the metro and non-metro areas in the state, along with the employment number:

Area Name
Employment
Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$
Annual Median $$$
Abilene TX
110
$14.52
$30,200
$12.76
$26,550
Amarillo TX
260
$16.15
$33,590
$15.30
$31,830
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
1080
$17.77
$36,950
$16.20
$33,690
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
210
$17.51
$36,420
$15.28
$31,790
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
130
$14.75
$30,680
$12.74
$26,500
College Station-Bryan TX
100
$13.23
$27,520
$12.72
$26,460
Corpus Christi TX
220
$13.58
$28,240
$12.58
$26,170
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
4220
$18.78
$39,050
$17.15
$35,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
2860
$18.67
$38,840
$17.17
$35,710
El Paso TX
490
$14.96
$31,120
$13.58
$28,240
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
1360
$18.99
$39,490
$17.09
$35,550
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
4540
$19.62
$40,810
$18.08
$37,610
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
280
$18.95
$39,410
$18.91
$39,320
Laredo TX
120
$13.80
$28,710
$12.71
$26,430
Longview TX
210
$17.45
$36,300
$14.69
$30,550
Lubbock TX
230
$16.23
$33,750
$14.52
$30,190
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
380
$13.63
$28,360
$11.60
$24,120
Midland TX
50
$16.20
$33,690
$14.53
$30,220
Odessa TX
80
$15.56
$32,360
$14.11
$29,350
San Angelo TX
100
$16.01
$33,290
$14.30
$29,750
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
1760
$17.92
$37,270
$16.19
$33,680
Sherman-Denison TX
50
$15.22
$31,660
$15.41
$32,060
Tyler TX
240
$14.93
$31,050
$13.63
$28,340
Victoria TX
80
$15.91
$33,090
$13.47
$28,010
Waco TX
130
$15.52
$32,290
$13.87
$28,850
Wichita Falls TX
120
$17.08
$35,530
$14.52
$30,190
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
360
$14.98
$31,160
$13.95
$29,010
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
80
$15.47
$32,170
$13.53
$28,140
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
370
$14.38
$29,910
$12.86
$26,740
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
220
$14.88
$30,960
$14.27
$29,680
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
120
$12.80
$26,630
$11.54
$24,000
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
200
$14.67
$30,520
$12.43
$25,850

 

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Salary for Medical Coder Jobs in Massachusetts (MA)

Medical Health Information Technician Salary:

Median $$$ in Massachusetts is $37,990

which is higher than the national median medical billing coding salary in the United States.

 

In the table below we have provided the median and mean salary of coders in MA, as well as in the U.S. so you can compare for yourself:

Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$
Annual Median $$$
MB&C $$$ Massachusetts (MA)
$20.02
$41,640
$18.26
$37,990
Massachusetts $$$
$27.12
$56,410
$21.07
$43,830
MB&C $$$ US
$18.13
$37,710
$16.81
$34,970

 

Median and mean hourly rates and yearly earnings of the metro and non-metro areas in the state, along with the employment number:

Area Name
Employment
Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$
Annual Median $$$
Barnstable Town MA
200
$20.45
$42,530
$19.89
$41,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
Data Not Released
$20.32
$42,270
$18.42
$38,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
3450
$21.03
$43,730
$19.14
$39,820
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
120
$18.18
$37,820
$17.28
$35,950
Framingham MA NECTA Division
130
$18.10
$37,640
$17.00
$35,370
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
160
$16.74
$34,830
$15.98
$33,230
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
130
$16.69
$34,720
$14.99
$31,190
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
90
$16.50
$34,320
$15.03
$31,270
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
150
$19.64
$40,850
$18.07
$37,580
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
120
$16.78
$34,900
$15.36
$31,940
New Bedford MA
60
$18.68
$38,860
$17.45
$36,310
Peabody MA NECTA Division
200
$19.02
$39,560
$17.26
$35,900
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
830
$18.61
$38,700
$17.86
$37,150

 

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Salary of Medical Coder Jobs in North Dakota (ND)

Medical Health Information Technician Salary:

Median $$$ in North Dakota is $31,810

which is lower than the national median medical billing coding salary in the United States.

 

In the table below we have provided the median and mean salary of coders in ND, as well as in the U.S. so you can compare for yourself:

Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$
Annual Median $$$
MB&C $$$ North Dakota (ND)
$15.37
$31,970
$15.29
$31,810
North Dakota State $$$
$20.39
$42,410
$17.14
$35,640
MB&C $$$ US
$18.13
$37,710
$16.81
$34,970

 

Median and mean hourly rates and yearly earnings of the metro and non-metro areas in the state, along with the employment number:

Area Name
Employment
Hourly Mean $$$
Annual Mean $$$
Hourly Median $$$
Annual Median $$$
Bismarck ND
160
$13.02
$27,080
$12.03
$25,010
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
50
$16.36
$34,020
$15.71
$32,670
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
70
$16.84
$35,020
$16.78
$34,910

 

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